Three Poets by Romulus Linney
MICHAEL CHEKHOV ACTING STUDIO
The Spring Art of the Actor Class at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio presents Three Poets, a play by Romulus Linney. The three plays span time and place to visit the legacy of three great women poets. The first is Ono no Komachi, a 9th Century Japanese poet who is visited by a Prince seeking her love. The second is Sister Hrosvitha, a Saxony nun in the 10th century whose frank sexual awareness comes out in her writing and puts things in perspective. The third is Anna Akmatova, a mother and poet under soviet Russia who is persecuted by the government for her art.
Michael Chekhov (1891–1955), a nephew of the playwright Anton Chekhov, is recognized as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. He also left behind a great legacy as a teacher, developing a “psycho-physical” acting technique, in which transformation, working with impulse, imagination, and inner and outer gesture are central. It offers clear and practical tools in working with imagination, feelings, and atmosphere. It is known that he was interested in Rudolph Steiner’s work and his own work was influenced by the study of anthroposophy.
Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City has been home to trainings and workshops based on Michael Chekhov Technique and exploring the actor’s work as play since 1996. Visit their website at michaelchekhovactingstudio.com.