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Uncle Vanya

By Anton Chekhov

Like parasites, the despotic, retired Professor Serebryakov and his beautiful new spouse Yelena have nested on the rural estate of Serebryakov’s late wife, since life in the city has become too expensive. His daughter Sonya and her uncle Vanya, the brother of the deceased wife, have been working hard for years to maintain the estate although they can hardly bear the dreariness that surrounds them. Vanya has spent half of his life editing and revising the supposedly world-shattering art theories of the professor. When they turn out to be pretty much insignificant, and when Serebryakov discloses that he is intent on selling the estate to buy himself a retirement home, Vanya’s agonized disenchantment leads to an escalation. In an attempt to murder Serebryakov, Vanya hopes to free himself from his now meaningless dependency. To no avail – Vanya misses the target. There is no prospect of change. “Scenes from Country Life”, the piece was subtitled by Chekhov in 1896. Today it might be called “Mosaic of a Depression”.

With Gottfried Breitfuss, Lena Schwarz, Carolin Conrad, Siggi Schwientek, Markus Scheumann, Alexander Maria Schmidt, Nikola Weisse, Alain Croubalian
Direction
Karin Henkel
Set Designer
Stéphane Laimé
Costume Designer
Aino Laberenz
Sound
Alain Croubalian
Lighting Designer
Frank Bittermann
Dramaturg
Amely Joana Haag
Assistant Director
Sonja Streifinger
Assistant Stage Designer
Marie Hartung
Assistant Costume Designer
Selina Tholl
Internship Direction
Katharina Stark, Carla Marfurt
Souffleur
János Stefan Buchwardt
Stage Manager
Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski
Internship Stage Design
Florina Vieli
Video
Robi Voigt

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