Uncle Vanya, first published in 1897, is Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece on the frustrated longings and quiet trials of what may be called ordinary, “wasted” lives. Though it is over a hundred years old, Uncle Vanya probes the central questions of human nature proving that these are timeless and universal and that Chekhov’s understanding of them is as acute as ever.
Stagecraft Theatre’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya is set in a tea estate in a remote mountain district in India’s north east. The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his glamorous, much younger second wife, Helen to the rural tea estate that supports their urban city lifestyle. Two friends, Ivan (Uncle Vanya), brother of the professor’s late first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Michael, the local doctor, both fall under Helen’s spell while they grapple with weariness and dissatisfaction with their existence.
Sonia, the professor’s daughter from his first marriage, who has worked with Ivan to keep the estate going, meanwhile suffers from the awareness of her own lack of ‘beauty’ and unrequited love for Michael. Matters come to a head when the professor announces his intention to sell the estate, Ivan and Sonia’s home and raison d’etre.
Based on the story Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
Directed by Vikash Khurana
Vanya Vikash Khurana
Michael Varun Vij
Helen Bianca Nazareth-Arya
Sonia Gurnoor Bedi
Alex Nandan Majumdar
Waffles Anurag Kulkarni
Sound Design Priyadarsh Bhabda
Light Design Onkar Ghare
A Stagecraft Theatre’s (Nagpur) Production
Mumbai : The Prithvi Theatre 12th and 13th May, 9 PM Sharp. Book your tickets
Update : The previous show was very well recieved. Read a review here