Crown College Fall Play

The Bear

Crown College’s Department of Humanities is proud to present Anton Chekhov’s reimagined classic, The Bear, translated by Julius West and directed by Adjunct Professor of Communication Kevin C. Berg. The Bear is a story of revenge, wrath, and ultimately, love. A one-act farce, it involves a young widow, her servants, and the bear of a neighbor that comes to collect a debt.

The action begins at the estate of Elena Ivanovna Popova (played by Josephine Monson), as she is seen bending over a photograph of her dead husband. Her servant, Luka (played by Alex Kuiper), tries to comfort her and encourage her to finally leave the house, seven months after her husband’s death. Popova stubbornly refuses, citing the pretext that she must remain forever faithful to her husband—as he had never been to her. All this is interrupted by the arrival of Grigory Stepanovich Smirnov (played by Lucas Reimer), who has come to collect a debt incurred by her late husband. Naturally, Popova refuses to see him, but this “Bear” of a neighbor won’t take no for an answer. What follows is a series of events filled with passion, rage, loneliness, and love. When an immovable object meets and unstoppable force, who makes it out intact?

Tickets to the show can be purchased below or in Simpson Auditorium one hour before showtime.


Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm


Crown College Simpson Auditorium
8700 College View Drive
Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota 55375


Students: $5
Adults: $7