GVSU presents ‘Anton, Himself: First and Last’ on Jan. 19, 20 & 21

Roger Ellis

By Matthew Makowski, Grand Valley State University


This single actor tour de force reveals the deeply personal and artistic sides of Russia’s most famous playwright, Anton Chekhov. The play begins with the dramatist immediately following the failure of his early masterpiece “The Seagull” (1895) and concludes with the success of “The Cherry Orchard” (1903).


Written by Karen Sunde, this semi-documentary drama skillfully captures the soul and the spirit of this giant of the modern stage struggling with his literary identity, with the opinions of an often-hostile public, and with the challenges of pursuing romance and serving as head of a family.


The one-man show will be performed by Roger Ellis, professor of theater at Grand Valley State University.

  • What: ‘Anton, Himself: First and Last’
  • When: Jan. 19 and 20, at 7:30 pm, Jan. 21, at 2 pm
  • Where: Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus
  • Tickets: $12 for adults; $10 seniors and GVSU faculty, staff, alumni; $6 for students, groups — purchase tickets through the Louis Armstrong Theatre box office in-person Monday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, by calling 616.331.2300, or online at startickets.com



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