Act 1* It is just past sunset and the characters are preparing to watch a play. * Masha and Simon Medvedenko stroll the grounds of the estate as they wait for the play to begin. Masha does not return Simon's love for her. * Masha and Simon discuss the play. It is written by Madam Arkadina's son Constantine and stars his love interest Nina. * Peter and Constantine enter the grounds of the estate. Constantine is anxious for the play to begin, but at the same is dreading his mother's jealous reaction to Nina's talent. * Constantine is close to his mother and appreciates her temperament. However, he admits to Peter that he is not happy with her new love interest, the writer Boris Trigorin. * The guests start to arrive for the play. They include Boris Trigorin, Nina's mother, Madam Arkadina and Yevgeny. The group discuss the lack of great performers in modern...
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