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October 18, 2012

First Seagull Flops

Anton Chekhov (1860 – 1904)

On this day in 1896 Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, the first of his masterpieces, premiered in St. Petersburg. The opening night was such a disaster that by Act Two Chekhov was hiding backstage from the jeering, and by 2 a.m., after hours of walking the streets alone, he was declaring, “Not if I live to be seven hundred will I write another play.”

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