Chekhov Symposium


chekhov in the 21st century: A symposium



Lewis & Clark College in collaboration with PETE presents:


June 27-30, 2018


This symposium featured readings of Štĕpán Šimek’s new translations of Three SistersUncle VanyaThe Seagull and The Cherry Orchard, in addition to presentations and panel discussions on Chekhov in contemporary translation, Chekhov’s dramaturgy, Chekhov in performance, and Chekhov in contemporary Russia.

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

Speakers and presenters included: Misha Berson (Seattle Times, American Theatre), Mark Jenkins (University of Washington, Seagull Project), Lue Douthit (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Dmitri Troyanovsky (Russian director/translator), Yuri Corrigan (Boston University, Harvard), John Schmor (University of Oregon), Daniel Pollack-Pelzner (Linfield College), Benjamin Fainstein (Portland Center Stage), Stefka Mihaylova (Seattle), The Seagull Project (Seattle), and a keynote speech by Libby Appel (Oregon Shakespeare Festival).


Full bios of guest speakers and presenters HERE.

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey


Full Symposium Schedule:


Wednesday, June 27th

7:30 PM

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

Reading of The Cherry Orchard followed by a post-reading discussion with the director and cast

Thursday, June 28th

11:00 AM

“Chekhov as a Moral Philosopher” – Lecture by Yuri Corrigan, followed by a panel discussion with Yuri Corrigan, John Schmor, Stefka Mihaylova and Daniel Pollack-Pelzner


2:00 PM

“Devising Chekhov” – a devising workshop with Benjamin Fainstein, John Schmor, and members of PETE


4:00 PM

“Chekhov’s Dramaturgy” – Panel discussion with Lue Douthit, Benjamin Fainstein, Misha Berson, and Daniel Pollack-Pelzner.


7:30 PM

Seagull Project Presentation of staged reading of The Bear followed by post- reading discussion with the participants.

Friday, June 29th

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

11:00 AM

“Chekhov in Translation” – Panel discussion with Libby Appel, Yuri Corrigan, Mark Jenkins, Stepan Simek, and Dmitry Troyanovsky


2:00 PM

“Chekhov Without the Furninture” – lecture/presentation by Dmitry Troyanovsky


4:00 PM

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

“Issues in Chekhov’s Productions in the 21st Century America.” Panel discussion with Stefka Mihaylova, Misha Berson, Mark Jenkins, and Lue Douthit


7:00 PM

Keynote Address by Libby Appel


Saturday, June 30th

Whole Day “Chekh-O-Rama” – A marathon reading of Chekhov’s four major plays.

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey


9:30 AM    

The Seagull

Directed by Rebecca Lingafelter


Picnic Meal - 11:30


12:00 PM

Uncle Vanya

Directed by Cristi Miles


3:30 PM

photo by Owen Carey

photo by Owen Carey

The Three Sisters

Directed by Stepan Simek


Picnic Meal - 6:30 PM


7:30 PM

The Cherry Orchard

Directed by Alice Reagan


Production credits:


June 27-30, 2018

Venue: Lewis & Clark Fir Acres Theatre


Text by Anton Chekhov

Original translations by Stepan Simek



Rebecca Lingafelter

Cristi Miles

Alice Reagan

Stepan Simek



Delaney Bloomquist

Jean-Luc Boucherot

Jahnavi Caldwell-Green

Michael Chambers*

Jacob Coleman

Philip Cuomo

Chantal DeGroat*

Nick Ferruci*

Gavin Hoffman

Clifton Holznagel

Myia Johnson

Keegan Kyle

Isaac Lamb*

Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Jonathan Lee

Del Lewis

Rebecca Lingafelter*

Victor Mack*

David Meyers*

Cristi Miles*

Chris Murray*

Ben Newman*

Michael O’Connell*

Prentice Onayemi*

Lucy Paschall

Maureen Porter*

Rose Proctor

John San Nicholas*

Jim Vadala

Damariss Webb

Amber Whitehall

Kathleen Worley*


Stage Managers:

Rosie Lambert

Kristina Mast


*Member, Actors' Equity Association


Made possible with support from Lewis and Clark College, Multnomah County Cultural Commission, the Oregon Community Foundation, the Lewis and Clark College Theatre Department, the Lewis and Clark College Office of the President, the Lewis and Clark College Office of the Provost, Lewis and Clark Office of the Dean of Students, and the Lewis and Clark College Office of the Dean.


Photography: Owen Carey

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