Playwright Annie Baker and director Sam Gold-whose previous collaborations include the acclaimed The Aliens and Circle Mirror Transformation-have reunited to stage a new adaptation of Chekhov's masterpiece, Uncle Vanya. Soho Rep, which, in association with John Adrian Selzer, will present the world premiere production June 7-July 15, today announces the cast and creative team.
The world premiere production will star Reed Birney (Blasted at Soho Rep, Circle Mirror Transformation at Playwrights Horizons, Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling at the Atlantic) as Vanya; Maria Dizzia (Tony Award nominee for In the Next Room…, Eurydice at Second Stage; Film: Martha Marcy May Marlene) as Yelena, his wife; Georgia Engel (TV: The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Middletown at the Vineyard, The Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway) as Marina, an old nanny; Peter Friedman (Circle Mirror Transformation and After the Revolution at Playwrights Horizons, Twelve Angry Men on Broadway, Tony Award nomination for Ragtime) as Serebryakov, a retired professor; Matthew Maher (Orange, Hat & Grace and LEAR at Soho Rep, A Doll's House at Williamstown Theatre Festival; Film: It's Kind of a Funny Story) as Telegin, an impoverished landowner; Paul Thureen (Buddy Cop 2 and Cape Disappointment with The Debate Society) as Yefim, a hired man/night watchman; Rebecca Schull (TV: Wings; Film: Little Children, Analyze This) as Maria, widow of a Privy Councillor and mother of the professor's first wife; Michael Shannon (Bug, Our Town and Mistakes Were Made at Barrow Street; Film: Academy Award nominee for Revolutionary Road, Take Shelter, TV: Boardwalk Empire) as Astrov, a doctor; and Merritt Wever (The Illusion at The Signature Theatre, Touch(ed) at Williamstown Theatre Festival; TV: Nurse Jackie) as Sonya, Vanya's daughter from his first marriage.
The production features set design by Andrew Lieberman, costume design by Baker, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney.
Performances will take place Tuesday-Sunday at 7:30 P.M., and Saturdays at 3:00 P.M. at Soho Rep (46 Walker Street). Through July 1, tickets are $35-$45 ($15 student rush); starting July 3, they are $40-$50 ($15 student rush). Tickets are available at www.sohorep.org and 212.352.3101. Tickets for Sundays June 10 & 24 are just 99¢ at the box office on the day of the show. Critics are welcome as of Wednesday, June 13 for an official opening on Sunday, June 17.