Chekov's Tragicomedy Uncle Vanya from California Shakespeare Theater
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Terrific show....humorous yet sad... great acting all around, very interesting set design, wonderful sound effects and intriguing music, fine costumes. Dress warmly, bring blankets and you'll be in for a very enjoyable evening of Chekov. Advise coming early for the engaging pre-show talk.
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Nights at the Bruns are always heavenly. The pre-show talk, the production, the natural setting, the food and beverage booth, the friendly staff and volunteers always make for a great evening. I hope to go again and bring others. Special kudos for...continued
Part comedy, part tragedy, Uncle Vanya shows the downward mobility of the upper class. Serebryakov, a retired professor who can no longer afford to live in the city, moves into his long-abandoned rural home. His presence, and that of his lovely young wife Yelena, inadvertently disrupts the normal order of life for the residents of the household.
Anton Chekov’s major plays were created in Tsarist Russia. Uncle Vanya was published in 1899. This celebrated Russian dramatist’s work foretells such 20th-century theatre innovations as psychological realism and internalization.
Timothy Near (director) has directed a wide variety of works for more than 20 years at San Jose Repertory Theater as artistic director, including the award-winning Major Barbara, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Fire in the Rain…Singer in the Storm, Moonlight and Magnolias and The Seagull, among others. He has earned national acclaim for his work at the Guthrie Theatre, Alliance Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, New York Shakespeare Festival, ACT-Seattle, La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory.
Emily Mann’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya was first produced at Princeton’s McCarter Theater in 2002. She is in her 19th season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre. Under Mann’s leadership, McCarter received the 1994 Tony for Outstanding Regional Theater. Her plays include Execution of Justice; Still Life (six Obie Awards); Greensboro (A Requiem); Annulla, An Autobiography; and Mrs. Packard (2007 Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award). Mann wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony nominations, Best Director and Play; NAACP Award; Joseph Jefferson Award; Peabody and Christopher Awards for her screenplay).
The title role of Ivan Vanya Voynitsky will be played by Cal Shakes Associate Artist Dan Hiatt. A beloved Bay Area actor, Hiatt appeared in Richard III, Man and Superman and The Triumph of Love during Cal Shakes’ 2007 season. Associate Artist James Carpenter, seen last season in Richard III and King Lear, portrays the scholar, Alexander Serebryakov. Sarah Grace Wilson, last seen as Desdemona in Cal Shakes’ 2004 production of Othello, plays Yelena.