By Anton Chekhov
Maly Drama Theatre of St Petersburg
Directed by Lev Dodin
Founded in war-torn Leningrad (St Petersburg) in 1944, the Maly
Drama Theatre performed under the radar until the mid 1970s, when
it began to attract well-known playwrights and directors-among
them, current artistic director Lev Dodin. Acclaimed for his
inventiveness, nuanced interpretations, considerable nerve (testing
the limits of the Soviet party line), and for drawing fearless
performances out of his renowned acting ensemble, Dodin continues
to expand the repertory of the award-winning company.
The Maly Drama Theatre and Dodin celebrate the 150th anniversary of Chekhov's birth with his enduring tragicomedy Uncle Vanya, infusing this masterwork with remorse, sorrow, and bittersweet yearning. Embodying the fraught emotions and restive tenor of their characters, the highly attuned actors deliver every gesture, every utterance-even silence-to humorous and devastating effect.
Design by David Borovsky
Costume design by Irina Tsvetkova, Maria Formina
Lighting by Ekaterina Dorofeeva, Vitally Skorodumov
Sound by Vladimir Troyan