As TheaterJones reported back in May, two North Texas-born shows are headed to the New York International Fringe Festival in August. One of them is Sundown Collaborative Theatre's original show Happily Ever Ever, which we reviewed when it was performed in Denton a few weeks ago.
The other is a one-woman performance of an Anton Chekhov short story, The Darling. Adapted and directed by Victor S. Tkachenko, the show is performed by Lisa Dalton, a local actor, teacher and president of the Michael Chekhov Association. She has worked extensively on stage throughout the country and internationally, in film (as an actress and stunt woman), as a clown, and more. Check out her bio here.
Michael Chekhov was Anton's nephew, and considered one of the greatest actors in Russia. Lisa has long been a practitioner of the Michael Chekhov technique, and also teaches it.
She'll perform The Darling at Fort Worth's Pantagleize Theatre July 28-30, and then the show goes to New York in August. Also, she'll hold a Michael Chekhov workshop on July 30, and the 18th Annual Chekhov Summer Theatre Institute is held July 31-Aug. 7 at the University of Texas at Arlington. You can find out more at Chekhov.net.
In the first two videos below, TheaterJones talks to Dalton about the idea for The Darling, what the story is about (Tolstoy was a fan), and how it's adapted for the stage. In the third video, Dalton discusses Michael Chekhov, who he was and what his technique is. In the fourth and final video, Dalton performs a snippet from The Darling.
Also, check out the slideshow of photos of Dalton and her expressions in The Darling, taken by Robert Hart. Don't forget to catch it in Fort Worth this week, and in New York in August.
Lisa on the Michael Chekhov Association:
And now, a snippet from the performance of The Darling.