Theater J's adaptation draws inspiration from Louis Malle's 1994 film, Vanya on 42nd Street, a cinematic rendering of Andre Gregory's theatrical production of Uncle Vanya set in a Times Square theater. The corner of 16th and Q streets provides the contemporary portal through which the production journies back in time to the Russian countryside to reveal a clash between Arkadina, a famous actress, her aspiring literary son, Treplev, and their respective lovers, Trigorin and Nina, at the estate of Pyotr Nikolayevich Sorin, Arkadina's brother.
Six-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Jerry Whiddon stars as Trigorin, with Helen Hayes Award winner Naomi Jacobson as Arkadina, Helen Hayes Award nominee Alexander Strain as Treplev, three-time Helen Hayes Award winner J. Fred Shifman as Dr. Dorn, Veronica Del Cerro as Nina, Brian Hemmingsen as Shamraev, Nanna Ingvarsson as Polina Andreevna, Tessa Klein as Masha, Mark Krawczyk as Medvedenko, Stephen Patrick Martin as Sorin, and Jason McCool as Yakov.
The creative team will include Misha Kachman (set and costumes), Dan Covey (lighting), and Matt Nielson (sound).
For more information, visit www.washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j.