The legacy of Michael Chekhov

Then and now

Authored by: Joanna Merlin

The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415710183
eBook ISBN: 9781315716398
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506867


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Working with Michael Chekhov in the last five years of his life was one of those extraordinary events in a lifetime that never come again. That event has inspired the last 60 years of my life with an enduring optimism about the actor’s unlimited artistic potential. I was 18, an aspiring actor, living in Los Angeles, and was invited to meet Chekhov by relatives, Anya and Grigory Gluckmann, who were Russian émigrés. They were living in Los Angeles and had been close friends of Chekhov’s in Paris. They offered to bring me to Chekhov’s home to be interviewed for possible acceptance into his acting class. The remembrance of that summer evening in 1949 is still alive in my memory. It was the beginning of a journey that has continued to inspire, challenge, and enrich my artistic life.

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