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Uncle Vanya
The Garden House
Seattle, WA
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Friday Mar 21, 2014 8:00 PM - Saturday Apr 05, 2014 8:00 PM | $15.00 - $20.00


Uncle Vanya
"Those people who live 100 years from now ... will they speak well of us?"

Akropolis Performance Lab (APL) presents Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in the world premiere of a new translation by Zhenya Lavy, March 21 through April 5 at the historic Garden House on Beacon Hill.

Seattle Star "It has been rumored for years that Chekhov is actually a master of dramatic structure but rarely have I seen a cast bother to prove the point. Here they do, and succeed so well that it seems effortless."

Drama in the Hood "All in all this is the best production of Chekhov I have ever seen.  The director and cast were not afraid to let the play come alive and walk out of the museum."

The Stranger "The music, directed by Zhenya Lavy (who also translated this world-premiere version of the script), is one of the best things about the show15 musical numbers, most of them gauzily melancholy but crisply performed, occasionally with Zhenya keeping time on a wooden spinning wheel in a corner of the room."

Seattle Weekly "The first thing you notice about Akropolis Performance Lab's Uncle Vanya is the sheer physicality of its Vanya, played by Joseph Lavy.... It is tempting to imagine Vanya as a man worn down by village life, too old at 47 to win the affections of 27-year-old Elena, but he explodes with angst and athleticism. He's a man with unquenchable passion and belligerent rage at a life wasted. When he says he could've been an equal to Schopenhauer or Dostoevsky, it's without the usual pathos of the role; the claim doesn't appear extravagant."

Residents of a country estate find their lives upended when their ailing, estranged patriarch and his beguiling, young wife retire from the city to live among them. Provoked by the interlopers' entitlement and malaise, they confront disillusionment, unrequited love, and deferred dreams. Haunted by the past, present, and future, these unhappy souls wait, talk, drink, philosophize, and reach--with increasing desperation--for illusory fulfillment. Simultaneously tragic and comic, sympathetic and absurd, Uncle Vanya probes at timeless, universal questions of the human soul to reveal what is difficult and true.

As in all APL productions, the text, song, and action are inextricably linked. Only at the union of these elements is the story fully manifest. Striking physicality and saturated, complex vocal music are hallmarks of any APL event. Directed by Joseph Lavy, and featuring the rich a cappella polyphony of Russian folk music devised and directed by Zhenya Lavy, Uncle Vanya reasserts APL's powerful artistic range.

Akropolis Performance Lab was founded in Seattle in 2000 and is co-artistic directed by Joseph and Zhenya Lavy. The company's original work has included mainstage productions of an adaptation of Macbeth, Song of Songs, Jeanne The Maid: A Trial And Execution Of Jeanne D'Arc, and their highly acclaimed Dream of a Ridiculous Man--which was remounted for the 2005 national TCG conference and also was featured in The Stage (Moscow, Russia). The company presented Week 2 of the world premiere of Suzan-Lori Parks' 365 Days / 365 Plays, and their 2006 adaptation of Seneca's Oedipus was a critical and popular success. For the last year, APL has run an intimate Salon Series for small, invited audiences.

    Margaretta Campagna ~ Sonya
    Eva Doak ~ Mrs. Voynitsky
    Joseph Lavy ~ Vanya
    Zhenya Lavy ~ Marina
    Scott Maddock ~ Serebryakov
    Carter Rodriquez ~ Dr. Astrov
    Samantha Routh ~ Elena
    Sean Patrick Taylor ~ Telegin

DIRECTOR: Joseph Lavy, APL co-artistic director

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Zhenya Lavy, APL co-artistic director


STAGE MANAGER: Jeanette Sanchez-Izenman

RUN TIME: 2 hours, with 1 intermission
SEATING: General. No late seating.
PARKING: FREE! Small lot behind the Garden House. Street parking readily available.

PRICE NOTE: Tickets sold through BPT are discounted. Tickets sold at the door are $22 General / $17 Student/senior (cash or credit accepted). Onsite sales begin when doors open, 30 minutes before curtain.


The Garden House (View)
2336 15th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


Arts > Theatre
Music > World

Minimum Age: 12
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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