XXX, XXX and XXX in Chamber Theatre's "Chek-Mate" | Courtesy of Chamber Theatre
Gerry Rose, Tom Pettey and Polina Shafran in Chamber Theatre’s “Chek-Mate” | Photo by Jasmine Jones; Courtesy of Chamber Theatre

Another new company is stepping onto the Louisville theater stage, and this one will focus its spotlight on early modern dramatists. For its debut production — starting Jan. 15 — Chamber Theatre will tackle two Chekhov vaudevilles: “The Boor” and “The Proposal.”

With the encompassing title of “Chek-Mate,” the production consists of Chekhov’s comedic plays and will be directed by co-artistic director Martin French. Polina Shafran, the other co-artistic director of Chamber Theatre, will be among the cast, which includes Gerry Rose and Tom Pettey as well.

chamber“I am very excited to have the opportunity to bring these funny, awkward and naïve people to a Louisvillian audience,” says Shafran in a press release. “These people are part of my history and culture, and I hope the audience will like them, laugh with them and sometimes at them.”

Shafran and French are both international theater artists who have been working in Louisville for several years. They hope to explore early modern dramas in new ways and will experiment with several methods to develop a unique style of theater.

The Chekhov comedies are unconventional love stories. “The Boor” was the playwright’s first big stage success and is often translated for English audiences as “The Bear.” And “The Proposal” will feature a new translation by Shafran.

“Chek-Mate” runs Jan. 15-23  at Vault 1031 (1031 S. Sixth St.). Tickets are $12 ($10 on Jan. 18), and showtime is 7:30 p.m. You can reserve tickets by emailing [email protected].

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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