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Only Human: Anton Chekhov


Anton Chekhov 1889

Considered the greatest short story writer, Anton Chekhov changed the genre itself with his spare, impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition.


Guest host Jane Curtin presents works by Anton Chekhov that were part of a celebration sponsored by Columbia University and hosted by Chekhov scholar Laura Strausfeld. We’ll hear “A Drama” performed by Cynthia Nixon—an ambitious writer overwhelms her idol; “Rapture” performed by Robin Miles, Sam Underwood, Rainn Wilson, and Di Zhu—a young man enjoys his 15 minutes of fame; “Which Is Better?” performed by Rainn Wilson—Chekhov debates the merits of schools vs. pubs; and “Verotchka” performed by Rainn Wilson—a studious young man confronts romance.

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