Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya spends his time idling around the country estate of his brother-in-law, Serebryakov, a retired professor, in Russia, 1898. His sister (the professor’s wife) dead, Vanya indulges in a romantic malaise over Serebryakov’s beautiful, young second wife, Yelena.

Play title:  Uncle Vanya

Author (s):  Anton Checkhov (translated by David Magarshack)

Publisher: A Mermaid Dramabook

Publication Date: May 1969 (A Mermaid Dramabook)

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline: Environmental

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 6 Men, 4 Women

Alexander Vladimirovich Serebryakov, Yelena Andreyevna Serebryakov, Sophia (Sonia) Alexandrovna, Maria Vassilyevna Voynitsky, Ivan Petrovich Voynitsky, Mikhail Lvovich Astrov, Ilya Ilyich Telegin, Marina, A Laborer, A Watchman

Setting: On Serebryakov’s estate

Time Period: 19th Century Russia

Synopsis of Play: Uncle Vanya spends his time idling around the country estate of his brother-in-law, Serebryakov, a retired professor, in Russia, 1898. His sister (the professor’s wife) dead, Vanya indulges in a romantic malaise over Serebryakov’s beautiful, young second wife, Yelena. Meanwhile Doctor Astrov, summoned to the estate to tend to the professor’s myriad imagined aches and pains, is also in love with the enigmatic Yelena and remains oblivious to the fact that Serebryakov’s daughter, Sonya, yearns for him. Trouble develops when Serebryakov announces his plan to sell the estate (Vanya and Sonya’s home) in order to invest the profits and make a fortune for himself and Yelena. Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya explores the disruption and discontent of a small group of people in rural 19th century Russia, and since its publication has helped pave the way for many of the world’s finest contemporary playwrights. https://stageagent.com/shows/play/2336/uncle-vanya

First Performance Date: November 7th, 1899

First Producer: Moscow Art Theater (M.A.T)

Performance History: Uncle Vanya by  Anton Checkhov premiered at Moscow Art Theater (M.A.T) on November 7th, 1899. It was directed by Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, and among the cast members were Constantin Stanislavski and Olga Knipper. Since its debut, Uncle Vanya has been produced in countless venues worldwide and the play has many translations and adaptations. https://unveilingvanya.wordpress.com/about-the-play/

Links:

https://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/uncle-vanya_81467.html

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-uncle-vanya-review-20180221-story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/26/theater/reviews/26vany.html?mtrref=www.google.com&gwh=369B03A50A5643B55BBF03F2C23F6E8C&gwt=pay

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/entertainment/theater/sd-me-review-globe-20180216-story.html

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/nov/06/uncle-vanya-review

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

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