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Old Globe Presents Uncle Vanya-Centered Talk With Richard Nelson and More

The creator of the ''Apple Family'' plays is directing a new Globe-commissioned translation of the Chekhov play.

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Richard Nelson will participate in a conversation about a new translation of Uncle Vanya he collaborated on, which will soon receive its world premiere at the Old Globe.
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The Old Globe Theatre will present a free one-night-only conversation with Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear, and Larissa Volokhonsky on Wednesday, February 14, at 5:30pm, tied to the company's newly commissioned translation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.

Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein will sit down with Nelson — the acclaimed creator of the Gabriels and Apple Family plays — and famed Russian translators Pevear and Volokhonsky for a discussion of the collaborative process behind this new production as well as the art of translation and bringing the classics of the stage to life for a contemporary audience. The conversation will take place in Hattox Hall, part of the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center in the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Though this special presentation is free, reservations are recommended; those can be made by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or in person at the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

This revival of Uncle Vanya is a Globe-commissioned, world-premiere translation from Nelson, Pevear, and Volokhonsky. Nelson also directs. The production will run February 10-March 11 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, also part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is set for February 15.

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.

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).

For more information on Uncle Vanya, click here.

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