Jane Austen’s unfinished novel comes to the stage

Published in The New York Times on November 6, 2018

What happens to a novel’s characters when their author abandons them? I spoke to British playwright Laura Wade about bringing “The Watsons,” an unfinished novel by Jane Austen, to the stage, in a piece for the New York Times. Continue reading “Jane Austen’s unfinished novel comes to the stage”

David Hare and the cast of the Young Chekhov on why the Russian’s early works of genius

Published in The Independent on Sunday on October 4, 2015

Think you know Chekhov? Think again. No lesser figure than Sir David Hare is on a self-declared campaign to shake up audience’s assumptions about the dramatist. For all the umpteen Chekhov revivals, we largely see only four plays from the turn of the 20th century: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. The tragedy is he died in 1904 at just 44, and left us with so little. Or did he? Continue reading “David Hare and the cast of the Young Chekhov on why the Russian’s early works of genius”