2010 Season

An Anonymous Story by Anton Chekhov

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Written by Gary Graves
Directed by Soren Oliver
Produced in: 2010

A Central Works Method Play developed in collaboration with Dennis Markam, Joel Mullennix, Søren Oliver, Cat Thompson, Gregory Scharpen, Sandra Schlechter, Jordan Winer & Jan Zvaifler

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Richard Frederick*
Dennis Markam, Cat Thompson*
Sandra Schlechter
Jordan Winer

Costume design: Tammy Berlin,
Lighting design: Gary Graves,
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen
Stage manager: Louel Señores
Production assistant: Regina Evans

* Member Actors’ Equity Association

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“Graves and Oliver toggle the many themes of this play — class struggle, reformist political ideals, misogyny, failed relationships, voyeurism — and wind up with a story that falls neatly into place … this version is riveting.” (Rachel Swan, East Bay Express)
“The play’s concentrated emotion and action make it urgent and immediately relevant – If you haven’t experienced one of Central Works’ productions, you should.” (Kathryn Abajian, The Piedmont Post)

“As a playwright [Chekhov] knew both the risks and the significance of silence on stage, of the pause that articulates truth. All this is there in Central Works engaging adaptation of An Anonymous Story.” (Peter Robinson, KALW)
“Graves adaptation and the Central Works’ staging of Chekhov’s tale opt for a truer irony – one of silence, which reveals what’s missing – with gentle touches of melancholy and comedy, for a very satisfying performance, superior to most productions of Chekhov’s major plays” (Ken Bullock, Berkeley Daily Planet

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