by V. Ulea (Vera Zubarev)




Four Funny Families is based on Chekhov’s four major plays (The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, Cherry Orchard).                      

                 It is a unique attempt to:

1) Present all plays as a cycle, revealing basic parallels between Chekhov’s four plays.
2) Make it a comedy, following Chekhov’s definition of his plays as comedies.
3) Create it in a post-modern style production.

The concept of the film is based on V. Ulea’s course on Chekhov’s comedy that she teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as her two  books.- A Systems Approach to Literature: Mythopoetics of Chekhov's Four Major Plays (Greenwood, 1997) and   A Concept of Dramatic Genre and The Comedy Of A New Type: Chess, Literature, and Film (Southern Illinois University Press, 2002)

Theatrical and film actors from Canada and Ukraine, as well as from Philadelphia, New York, and Seattle take part in this production.

Please, visit Four Funny Families official web site for more information.


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