Extant Arts Company presents Uncle Vanya and three other theatrical events inspired by Anton Chekhov’s work as part of the Extant Chekhov Open, a celebration of the Russian master’s 150th birthday and the 40th Anniversary of Joseph Chaikin’s influential Open Theatre.
Uncle Vanya, translated by Jean-Claude Van Itallie and directed by Nancy Gabor, opens the three-week festival. In Uncle Vanya, Chekhov captures the timeless desire for love, sex and a better life and the universal sense of restlessness.
Nancy Gabor is known for her work with the Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theatre.
The other Extant Chekhov Open events include Chain of Deed, a staged reading of Andy James Hoover’s new play inspired by The Cherry Orchard; Chekh-Impr-Ov, a full-length, completely improvised play in the style of Anton Chekhov by The New Deal; and Playing with Chekhov, a solo performance by James Kiberd, directed by Nancy Gabor.
About the Company: Extant Arts Company
Extant Arts Company was founded in New York city in 2007, and has produced Mixed Doubles and La Ronde (Roy Arias Studios), Helen (Producer’s Club), A Christmas Carol (touring), Three Sisters (Algonquin Theater), Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Macbeth (Mineral Springs in Central Park); workshops of Progeny, g, and Paper Dolls (Wild Project). In addition to its productions, Extant Arts Company pursues its mission through the creation and instruction of Drama Enrichment programs in NYC’s public and charter schools. Believing that stories are the organizing principle of the human experience, Extant Arts Company endeavors to identify and present those that are enduring, immediate and vital. Extant reinterprets the classics through live performance, and fosters the classics of the future through adaptation, new play development and educational outreach. By connecting greater New York to the rest of the world, Extant strives to create a diverse community dedicated to sustaining stories. www.ExtantArts.org
Wednesday-Saturday 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Theater: Gene Frankel Theatre
Address: 24 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
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Closest subway: 6 to Bleecker, walk north to Bond, west to the theatre
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