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Uncle Vanya Scenes from Country Life in Four Acts
Uncle Vanya Scenes from Country Life in Four Acts
"…the Mann adaptation…is something special… The contemporary language…sounds effortless as it teaches that we must persevere through whatever disappointment life hands us." —L.A. Times

"[This] Uncle Vanya is so nicely balanced among the four principal characters that the play can be construed as belonging to each and to all at once… a well-conceived, wonderfully performed symphony. It makes each major role important and sympathetic while orchestrating them into a whole that beautifully captures the sad music of a play in which not one of them gets what she or he desires." —The Inquirer

"Full of quirks and foibles and tics—as well as heartbreaking longing and disappointment… is both true to the source and new enough to show you things you'd never seen in the play before." —
Adapted by Emily Mann from the Chekhov play. Literature and Culture Consultant, Ellen Chances.

Cast: 4m., 4w. (The one extra character is the watchman.) Alexander, a retired professor, and his beautiful young wife, Yelena, have returned to his country estate. Their presence is a complete disruption to everyone including Sonya, the daughter of the professor and his first wife, and Uncle Vanya, the first wife's brother, who have managed the farm for many years. The presence of the captivating Yelena introduces tension into the household. Dr. Astrov, a frequent visitor, and Vanya both fall in love with her. Unfortunately, Sonya has long been secretly in love with Astrov, who fails even to notice her. Yelena attempts to help Sonya's cause but is unsuccessful as she struggles to deny her own attraction to Astrov. When Vanya realizes that Alexander has a fraudulent reputation and that he is planning to sell the estate, Vanya, furious and desperate, attempts to shoot him. Alexander and Yelena decide to leave the estate, and Vanya asserts that now, "everything will be just as it was." Of course, nothing will ever be the same. One ext. and three int. sets. Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  U28
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  4
Pages:  56
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  165 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 158342234X
Publication Date: 06/30/2005
Emily Mann is entering her 15th season as artistic director of McCarter Theatre, Princeton, N.J. She wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, which had its world premiere at McCarter prior to its successful run on Broadway, a national tour and a production at the ...More
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