Directed by Rathna Shekar Reddy, the play is about a young retired lieutenant of the army Smirnov who arrives at Popova’s house to collect the money he had lent to Popova’s late husband. She asks him to come back after a couple of days as she has no money with her and that her bailiff has gone to the town. Smirnov needs the money badly as he has to pay the interest to the bank in a day or his estate will be put up for auction. They get into an argument over this with both of them insult each other. In the process of collecting his debt Smirnov likes Popova’s attitude and falls in love with her. Popova also likes him. Instead of fighting they are drawn to each other.
The play is set in rural countryside of Russia. When Ivan arrives at the home of the Chubukov family, the elderly Stepan assumes that the well-dressed young man has come to borrow money. Instead, Stepan is pleased when Ivan asks for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Stepan whole-heartedly bestows his blessing, declaring that he already loves him like a son. The old man then leaves to fetch his daughter, assuring the younger man that Natalya will graciously accept the proposal. Will she?
The plays will be staged at Green Gables International School, Ayyappa Society, Madhapur on September 27 from 7:30 pm onwards.