Anton Chekhov (1860 — 1904) practiced medicine throughout his adult life, but many consider him to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. The Huntington has previously produced his plays The Cherry Orchard (2007) and Uncle Vanya (1985). His other classic play is Three Sisters. Born in Taganrog, Russia in 1860, Chekhov began his literary career as a freelance journalist, publishing humorous sketches of contemporary life. In 1887 he won the prestigious Pushkin Prize for At Dusk a collection of short stories. Success as a playwright eluded him, however, and the 1897 premiere of the The Seagull flopped. It was remounted in 1898 at the innovative Moscow Art Theatre, where director Konstantin Stanislavsky's attention to the psychological realism of Chekhov's text made the play a critical and popular success.