Wednesday, October 09, 2013
1899: “Uncle Vanya” At The Moscow Art Theatre
The Moscow Art Theatre production was directed by Constantin Stanislavski, who also played the doctor. In the photograph, Stanislavski may be seen third from the right.
To Stanislavski’s consternation, Chekhov declined to explain or expand upon the text of the play. However, as Stanislavski was later to relate, Chekhov’s refusal forced Stanislavski to dig beneath the surface of the text to find psychological truth—and the exercise changed Stanislavski’s life and work (and world theater as well).