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Classic Stage Company has set February 12 as opening night for its forthcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, starring Peter Sarsgaard as Astrov, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Yelena and Denis O’Hare in the title role. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the play will begin previews on January 17 and continue its limited off-Broadway engagement through March 1.

The cast will also feature Mamie Gummer (Sonya), Louis Zorich (Waffles), George Morfogen (Srebryakov), Delphi Harrington (Maria) and Cyrilla Baer (Marina).

Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece of dashed dreams, thwarted love and eternal longing, Uncle Vanya tells the story of the quintessential superfluous man, who wakes up one morning to discover he has wasted his life in the service of others. The play was first performed at the Moscow Art Theater in 1899, directed by Constantine Stanislavsky.

The off-Broadway revival of Uncle Vanya will feature scenic design by Santo Loquasto, who has designed numerous Chekhovian productions, including the famed Lincoln Center production of The Cherry Orchard in 1977 and last season’s off-Broadway revival of The Seagull at CSC. Costume design is by Suzy Benzinger and lighting design is by Jason Lyons.

Posted by Connie on January 6, 2009 under Headlines & Rumours,Uncle Vanya and commented by 0 people

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