ANTON, HIMSELF: First and Last

ANTON, HIMSELF: First and Last

Theatre at Grand Valley presents

ANTON, HIMSELF: First and Last

Written by Karen Sunde

Performed by GVSU Theatre professor, Roger Ellis

The world premiere of a new monodrama on the life of Anton Chekhov performed by Roger Ellis.

This single actor tour de force reveals the deeply personal and artistic sides of Russia's most famous playwright, Anton Chekhov. The play begins with the dramatist immediately following the failure of his early masterpiece “The Seagull” (1895) and concludes with the success of “The Cherry Orchard” (1903). Sunde's semi-documentary drama skillfully captures the soul and the spirit of this giant of the modern stage struggling with his literary identity, with the opinions of an often-hostile public, and with the challenges of pursuing romance and serving as head of a family. 

Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, Haas Center for Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus

Join us for a special reception with the playwright, Karen Sunde, after the Friday, January 19 performance.

January 19 & 20 . . . . . 7:30 p.m.

January 21 . . . . . . . . . 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION seating.

Adults $12.00, Alumni/Seniors/Faculty/Staff $10.00, Students/groups $6.00

Tickets at the door are $1.00 additional.

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Call 616-331-2300, visit the box officer for tickets OR on-line at startickets or call them at 800-585-3737.

Karen Sunde Workshop

On Friday, January 19th, Ms. Sunde will offer a free, professional workshop! The sign-up sheet is available at the Haas Center for Performing Arts' box office either in person, by calling 616-331-2300 or email

Guest professional actress, playwright & producer, Karen Sunde, from New York Theatre, will run an auditions monolog and scene clinic for GVSU students. She'll also talk with you about finding work in New York as actors & techs. Ms. Sunde has performed on and off-Broadway and has been the Associate Artistic Director of New York's Equity theatre, the Classic Theatre Company. The workshop will be held on Friday, January 19, from 4pm to 6pm in Haas Center for Performing Arts, Room 1721.

Sign-up at the HCPA box office in person, by calling 616-331-2300 or email Space is limited.

Bruno Streck Rodrigues and Dr. Roger Ellis will hold auditions for their two Winter semester shows, No Exit and J. B., (respectively) on January 20 & 21.

GVSU's "Forum"

Ellis to perform one-man play honoring playwright - GVSU "Forum", January 15, 2018

Roger Ellis, professor of theater, will dive into the personal and artistic sides of Russia's most famous playwright, Anton Chekhov, during performances of a one-man play about the dramatist's life and career. 

Ellis will perform "Anton, Himself: First and Last" January 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. and January 21 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place in the Linn Maxwell Keller Black Box Theatre, located in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and Grand Valley faculty, staff and alumni, and $6 for students and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the Louis Armstrong Box Office in-person or by calling (616) 331-2300, or via

The play begins immediately following the failure of Chekhov's early masterpiece “The Seagull” (1895) and concludes with the success of “The Cherry Orchard” (1903). The semi-documentary drama is written by Karen Sunde; it portrays Chekhov as a giant of the modern stage who struggled with his literary identity, as well as with the opinions of an often-hostile public. 

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"Lanthorn" Story

GVSU professor to star in world premiere of 'Anton, Himself'

By Ty Konell | 1/18/18 1:58am

This weekend, the Grand Valley State University theater department will be hosting the world premiere of the play "Anton, Himself: First and Last." Theater professor Roger Ellis will be performing as Russian playwright Anton Chekhov on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Haas Center for Performing Arts. 

Read the story in the "Lanthorn"!

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