The Wood Demon (play)
|The Wood Demon|
|Written by||Anton Chekhov|
The Wood Demon (Russian: Леший, tr. Goblin, 1889) is a comedic play in four acts written by Russian author Anton Chekhov. The play was written in 1888 and debuted in December 27, 1889 at the Abramov Theater.
Eight years after this play failed, Chekhov returned to the work. He reduced the cast list by half, changed the climatic suicide into an anti-climax of a failed homicide, and published the reworked play, much more successfully, under the title Uncle Vanya.
- Alexander Serebryakov, a retired professor
- Helena, his wife of 27 years old
- Sofia Alexandrovna (Sonya), his daughter from his first marriage, 20 years old
- Mary V. Wynn, widow of a privy councilor, the mother of the first wife of professor
- Egor P. Wynn, her son
- Leonid S. Zheltukhin, not after taking a technologist, a very rich man
- Julia Stepanovna, his sister, 18 years old
- Ivan Orlov, a landowner
- Fedor, his son
- Michael L. Khrushchev, a landowner, he graduated at the Faculty of Medicine
- Ilya Ilyich Dyadin
- Basil servant Zheltukhina
- Simon, an employee at the mill
A dominant theme in The Wood Demon is that destruction of the environment and of people's lives are closely linked together.
The play was initially a collaboration between Chekhov and Alexey Suvorin. As such, it is full of biographical material collected during their time spent together in the summer of 1888. The play is linked with stories already written or in the process of being written, that stemmed from Chekhov's journey in 1887 to Kharkov and Taganrog.
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