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Old Globe Revival of Uncle Vanya Completes Casting

Richard Nelson directs the Globe-commissioned Chekhov translation. logo
Richard Nelson translates and directs a new production of Uncle Vanya at the Old Globe.
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The complete cast and creative team have been announced for the Old Globe revival of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya — a Globe-commissioned world premiere translation from Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky. Nelson also directs. The production will run February 10-March 11 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is set for February 15.

The cast will feature Roberta Maxwell (Márya Vassílyevna Voinítskaya) and Jay O. Sanders (Iván Petróvich Voinítsky aka "Vanya"), who performed together in Nelson's Gabriels trilogy, as well as Celeste Arias (Eléna Andréevna), Jon DeVries (Alexánder Vladímirovich Serebryakóv), Kate Kearney-Patch (Marína Timoféevna), Jesse Pennington (Mikhaíl Lvóvich Ástrov), and Yvonne Woods (Sófya Alexándrovna a.k.a. "Sonya").

The creative team includes Jason Ardizzone-West (scenic design), Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty and Mark Koss (costume design), Tony Award winner Jennifer Tipton (lighting), Will Pickens (sound design), Caparelliotis Casting (casting), and Theresa Flanagan (production stage manager).

Uncle Vanya follows Vanya and his niece Sonya who struggle to care for the estate owned by Vanya's brother-in-law, a wealthy and celebrated professor. When this local legend returns with a beautiful new wife and announces his plans to sell the estate, hidden passions explode and the lives of the entire family come undone.

"Everything about this production represents the best of the Old Globe, and I am thrilled that it's here," said artistic director Barry Edelstein. "Uncle Vanya returns the incomparable Anton Chekhov to our stage after a too-long absence. It welcomes Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, the world's foremost translators of Russian literature, and perhaps our most influential thinkers about the art of translation, to San Diego."

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