November 5, 2012
Bulgarian designer Marina Raytchinova, who designed the set for this production, will be on campus the week of the production
Randolph College’s Theatre Department continues the 2012-13 season with a classic in the world of theatre, Anton Chekov’s timeless Uncle Vanya. Performances will take place Nov. 15-19 at 7:30 p.m. in Thoresen Theatre.
Directed by Mace Archer, the play promises to give audiences a taste of classic theatre with a very contemporary and human feel. In addition, an internationally renowned Bulgarian designer designed the set and will be in residence during the week of the opening.
Chekov’s Uncle Vanya, written in 1896, tells the story of a family on the brink of war. The family estate is no longer the gem that it was, and in the changing society that marked late 17th century Russia, difficult decisions need to be made to continue the lives to which the characters have become accustomed.
Vanya (Ken Parks) and Sonya (Ashley Peisher ’15) have taken care of the estate for years. Now Serebriakov (John Gunnoe) and his young, vampy wife Yelena (Sonja Cirilo ’15) have set the estate into chaos. Vanya’s best friend Astrov (Tom Brown) falls in love with Yelena. Sonya loves Astrov, Vanya loves Yelena, and none of them can love each other. In the hands of another playwright, the play would be a farce, in the love care of Chekov’s genius; the characters are imbued with a humanity that is breath taking.
The cast is rounded out by Yasmine Ibrahim ’16 as Marina, Christine Gnieski ’13 as Madame Voinitsky, Teddy Powers ’14 as Waffles, and Paul Rush ’16 as The Hired Man.
Internationally renowned Bulgarian designer Marina Raytchinova, who designed the production’s set will be in residence the week of the opening. Kenan Burchette designed costumes, and Ken Parks also designing the lights in addition to his acting role. The result is an elegant Uncle Vanya that breaks from convention while still revealing the masterpiece.
The play will be performed November 15-19. Curtain for all performances will be 7:30. Tickets are $10/ General Admission, $8/Seniors, $5/students. For more information, call 434.9478562 or log onto www.wildcattheatre.com.