BAR HARBOR — “The Sneeze,” a collection of Anton Chekhov’s comic plays and stories translated and adapted by Michael Frayn, will be presented by College of the Atlantic, in collaboration with the Criterion Theatre at the theater on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, March 5, at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.
Chekhov famously declared all of his plays comedies. He also claimed that the only truly worthwhile sort of theater was the comic vaudeville. Far from trivial, the vividly wrought tumult of “The Sneeze” showcases Chekhov’s unique brand of scathing humor in a medley of eight vignettes full of timeless absurdity and startling depth.
The performance is the culmination of a 10-week course in play production in which students participated in all aspects of staging and mounting a play, exploring dramatic process through practical application and study. The aim of the course was not only to present an imaginative and innovative rendition of Chekhov’s classic comedic sketches but also to create a working company of actors and artists. Each student has taken on a variety of responsibilities and roles within the company.
“The Sneeze” stars Izik Dery, Kiera O’Brien, Hana Keegan, Isabel Hussey, Isabel Shaida, Maxim Lowe and Ursula Ostrander.
Admission is free to the public. “The Sneeze” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc.