The William Carey University Theatre will present “Madness, Mayhem and Misery: An Evening of Chekhov Comedy” from October 8-10 at 7:30 p.m. and October 11 at 2 p.m. in the Joe and Virginia Tatum Theatre on the university’s Hattiesburg campus.
“Madness, Mayhem and Misery” was conceived by Obra Quave, director and Carey professor emeritus of theatre and communication. The play combines several Anton Chekhov one-act farces and adaptations of humorous short stories into a program of comedy by the foremost Russian playwright of the late 19th century. While Chekhov is best known for his full-length plays, including “The Sea Gull,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “Uncle Vanya” and “The Three Sisters,” his shorter works demonstrate his skill in capturing the comic, and even farcical, side of the Russian people.
In the playbill list are “The Boor,” “The Proposal,” “Drama,” “The Evils of Tobacco” and “The Sneeze.” Themes include the fickleness of love, farcical reactions to a sneeze at the ballet, the humorous desperation of an inept man posed to teach an audience the perils of tobacco use and other situations to which Chekhov lends his comic hand.
The cast includes Taylor Abbott of Picayune; Treya Brown of Hattiesburg; Nicoli Hutchison of Picayune; Brandon Lindsey of Greenville, South Carolina; Logan McCarty of Hattiesburg; Miranda Rester of Oak Grove; Liberty Sites of Crestview, Florida; Nadia Trinanes of Hattiesburg; Ashlyn Watts of Picayune; and D.T. Weston of Desoto, Texas.
The scenic designer is Nadia Trinanes, the costume designer is Miranda Rester and the lighting designer is Taylor Abbott. The sound designer is Nicoli Hutchison, makeup and hair designer is Ashlyn Watts and Logan McCarty is properties director. Mentors for the student designers are Dewey Douglas, who also is technical director, and Keone Fuqua, chair of the Department of Theatre and Communication. Stage managers are Damien Williams of Chunchula, Alabama; Devon Griggs of Picayune; and Victoria Wetter of Forsyth, Missouri.
Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for military and senior citizens and $5 for students. Reservations can be made by calling 601-318-6221. The box office is open from 1 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning October 5.