Uncle Vanya


Uncle Vanya
By Anton Chekhov and Adapted by Annie Baker
From a literal translation by Margarita Shalina and original Russian text
Directed by Robert Falls 
A Chicago Premiere Adaptation
February 11 - March 12, 2017
 in the Owen

Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker (The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation) injects a “distinctly contemporary American sound” (Variety) into Chekhov’s masterpiece with a new adaptation helmed by Artistic Director Robert Falls. A secluded country estate becomes the setting for unrequited love, renewed rivalries and ruminations both absurd and tragic on roads barely taken and passions left unfulfilled. Chekhov’s timeless study of the agonizing intersections of youth and mid-life finds contemporary immediacy in Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker’s fresh and compelling new adaptation.

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Uncle Vanya

  • Uncle Vanya, Playwright
    Uncle Vanya, Playwright

    ANTON CHEKHOV (1860 - 1904) practiced medicine throughout his adult life, but his work as a short story writer and dramatist proved more lucrative and enduring. Born in Taganrog, Russia, Chekhov began his literary career as a freelance journalist, publishing humorous sketches of contemporary life. In 1887 he won the prestigious Pushkin Prize forAt Dusk, a collection of short stories. Success as a playwright eluded him, however, and the 1897 premiere of The Seagull flopped. It was remounted in 1898 at the innovative Moscow Art Theatre, where director Konstantin Stanislavsky’s attention to the psychological realism of Chekhov’s text made the play a critical and popular success. Over the next few years, Moscow Art Theatre produced Chekhov’s other major plays, Uncle VanyaThree Sistersand The Cherry Orchard.

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  • Adapter, Annie Baker
    Adapter, Annie Baker

    ANNIE BAKER (Playwright) grew up in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her full-length plays include John (Signature Theatre), The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hull-Warriner Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Obie Award for Playwriting), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, Obie Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk Award nomination for Best New American Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Obie Award for Best New American Play), Body Awareness (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Play/Emerging Playwright) and an adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep, Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival), for which she also designed the costumes. Her plays have been produced at over 150 theaters throughout the US, and have been produced internationally in over a dozen countries. Other recent honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Steinberg Playwriting Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award and the Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. She is a resident playwright at the Signature Theatre.

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  • Uncle Vanya, Director
    Uncle Vanya, Director

    Robert Falls most recently reprised his critically acclaimed production of The Iceman Cometh, featuring the original cast headed by Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Last season, he also directed Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles and a new production of Mozart’s Don Giovannifor the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other recent productions include Measure for Measure and the world and off-Broadway premieres of Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian. This season at the Goodman, Falls will also direct the Chicago premiere of Rebecca Gilman’s Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976. Among Falls’ other credits are The SeagullKing Lear, Desire Under the Elms, John Logan’s Red, Jon Robin Baitz’s Three Hotels, Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio and Conor McPherson’s Shining City; the world premieres of Richard Nelson’sFrank’s Home, Arthur Miller’s Finishing the Picture (his last play), Eric Bogosian’sGriller, Steve Tesich’s The Speed of Darkness and On the Open Road, John Logan’sRiverview: A Melodrama with Music and Rebecca Gilman’s A True History of the Johnstown FloodBlue Surge and Dollhouse; the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn’sHouse and Garden and the Broadway premiere of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida. Falls’ honors for directing include, among others, a Tony Award (Death of a Salesman), a Drama Desk Award (Long Day’s Journey into Night), an Obie Award (subUrbia), a Helen Hayes Award (King Lear) and multiple Jeff Awards (including a 2012 Jeff Award for The Iceman Cometh). For “outstanding contributions to theater,” Falls has been recognized with such prestigious honors as the Savva Morozov Diamond Award (Moscow Art Theatre), the O’Neill Medallion (Eugene O’Neill Society), the Distinguished Service to the Arts Award (Lawyers for the Creative Arts) and the Illinois Arts Council Governor’s Award. 

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