A new comedy inspired by Chekhov
Written by Hannah Stone
A staged reading
The Hayloft is a new comedy inspired by the farces of Chekhov. Set in the late 1940's on a large plantation like horse farm in rural Kentucky, Hellen Poorman Conway has locked herself away in her parlor after the death of her husband Nicolas. For a year she has refused to go outside or receive visitors staying always by her husbands shrine/memorial. Her sister Lucy, who has been carrying for Hellen during this time, is concerned that the isolation is ruining the family name as well as Lucy's chance of finding a husband. Mean while the two sisters receiving two unexpected male guest, one coming to propose, the other collecting a massive debt that, if uncollected, will result in the loss of his farm. There is mass confusion, chaos and laughter as a battle of the sexes occurs over disputes on land, debt, and gender roles. The Hay Loft hopes to be a slapstick, knee slapping, non stop comedy, poking fun at gender roles, relationships, and Chekhov himself.