9 October 1859
Alexander Ostrovsky wrote “The Storm”
The playwright has been working upon it for about three months. Creation of “The Storm” was preceded by Ostrovsky's voyage along the Volga River, where he had the opportunity to observe life and characters of Russian province. The prototype of the main character became the actress Lyubov Kositskaya, towards who Ostrovsky himself felt the affection. In particular, in the play Catherine shares one of the actress’ dreams. Besides, Kositskaya played Catherine in the first production of this play at the Maly Theatre in November 1859.