SCRIPT: Chekhov For Children Series: The Proposal, a 1-act play

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The Chekhov For Children Series features short one-act plays by one of the great masters of Russian literature, Anton Chekhov, that have been adapted by Broadway's Michael Blevins and made suitable for production by children! The Chekhov for Children Series of one-act plays have been successfully produced in Manhattan public elementary schools by children as young as 10 years old. The first in the Chekhov For Children Series is the one-act satirical farce, THE PROPOSAL. In these short plays Chekhov shows the lighter side of Russian country life, by infusing these situational one-act comedies with broad character portrayals. In “The Proposal” Chekhov explores and satirizes the courtship, and marriage proposal of Russia’s upper-middle class society. In Russia, during this era, marriage for most people was a way of providing economic stability or alleviating social pressure. The couples foolish arguments over trivial issues is brought to the forefront creating true comic satire yet the main arguments of the play revolve around the ownership of meadows and two dogs. In this amusing way “The Proposal” demonstrates the character’s desperate desire for marriage and their battle to balance financial requirements with what the characters truly desire. In Chekhov’s farcical one-act plays, he appears to be asking his audience to cast off restraint and laugh with him at the stupidity and naiveté, as well as the good-heartedness, of the Russian people he knew so well. Although, Chekhov's is most widely known for his full-length plays THE SEAGULL, UNCLE VANYA, THREE SISTERS and THE CHERRY ORCHARD, these short stage satires are true gems - especially for children!
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SCRIPT:  Chekhov For Children Series: The Proposal, a 1-act play
SCRIPT:  Chekhov For Children Series: The Proposal, a 1-act play
SCRIPT:  Chekhov For Children Series: The Proposal, a 1-act play
SCRIPT:  Chekhov For Children Series: The Proposal, a 1-act play