The play takes place in the drawing-room of Elena Ivanovna Popova’s estate on the seven-month anniversary of her husband’s death. Since her husband died, Popova has locked herself in the house in mourning. Her footman, Luka, begins the play by begging Popova to stop mourning and step outside the estate. She ignores him, saying that she made a promise to her husband to remain forever faithful to his memory. Their conversation is interrupted when Grigory Stepanovitch Smirnov arrives and wishes to see Elena Popova.
Although Luka tells Grigory Smirnov to leave, he ignores Luka’s requests and enters the dining room. Popova agrees to meet with him and Smirnov explains to her that her late husband owes him a sum of 1,200 roubles as a debt. Because he is a landowner, Smirnov explains that he needs the sum paid to him on that same day to pay for the mortgage of a house due the next day.
- Written by Anton Chekhov
- Staging: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis
- Live Dates: 21/11/2016 – 24/11/2016
- Director: Paul Corey
- Time Period: 1880s
- Duration: 34 minutes
- Setting: The drawing room of Elena Ivanovna Popova’s estate
- Features / Contains: 1880’s landowner attire
ELENA IVANOVNA POPOVA: Ethal O’Mahony
GRIGORY STEPANOVITCH: Brian Torpey
LUKA: Mary Poirier