Uncle Vanya

September 14 - October 26, 2013 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage
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Nearly 25 years since the Guthrie's last staging of what Irish Theatre Magazine has called "Chekhov's greatest play," Joe Dowling directs Chekhov's classic with a new adaptation by renowned Irish playwright Brian Friel.

Vanya and his niece Sonya work their small country estate, living frugally and keeping their emotions tightly reined in. The return of Vanya’s brother-in-law with his beautiful second wife Elena unlocks hidden passions as the entire family is turned upside down. Tea, wine and vodka fuel the tensions in this tragicomic story about unrequited love, thwarted ambition and enduring hope.

Read Joe Dowling's dedication of Uncle Vanya to Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

Run time: approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including one intermission

Cast

Yefim
Nathan Barlow
Mikhail Astrov
John Catron
 Alexander Serebryakov
Robert Dorfman
Sonya
Emily Gunyou Halaas
Maria Voynitsky
Melissa Hart
Marina
Barbara Kingsley
Ilya Telegin (Waffles)
Jim Lichtscheidl
Elena
Valeri Mudek
    Ivan (Vanya) Voynitsky
Andrew Weems

Artistic Staff

Director
Joe Dowling
Set Designer
Michael Hoover
Costume Designer
Christine A. Richardson
Lighting Designer
Frank Butler
Sound Designer
Scott W. Edwards
Dramaturg
Jo Holcomb
Voice and Dialect Coach
D'Arcy Smith
Movement
Marcela Lorca
Stage Manager
Karen K. Wegner
Assistant Stage Manager
Justin Hossle
Assistant Director
Adrian Balbontin

Photos

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Production photos by Joan Marcus

Read

Star Tribune: Anton Chekhov's plays find the drama in our everyday lives
Minnesota Monthly: Backstage Banter with Jim Lichtscheidl
City Pages
: Ed Huyck talks with Jim Lichtscheidl about playing "Waffles" in Uncle Vanya
Quad Community Press
: Jim Lichtscheidl is man of a 1,000 disguises
The Guardian
: The Wonder of Chekhov

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