- Directed by Aleksey Burago
- Set Design by Olia Rogova (oliarogova.com)
- Original Music by Di Zhu
- Lighting Design by Sarah Lang
- Assistant Director: Amrinderjit Singh
- To read more about the artists, please click here, or go to http://russiantheater.org/about.html.
Scenes From The Countryside
After an acclaimed and sold-out run of Anton Chekhov's lesser known short stories, Russian director Aleksey Burago returns with Uncle Vanya, one of the most beloved plays in the Russian repertoire. A once celebrated academic whose career and health are in decline, Professor Serebryakov returns to his late spouse's country estate with his glamorous young wife, where they bring the lives of everyone around them to utter chaos. Staged at the unusual and historic Stanton Street Shul, this production also features the striking set design of Olia Rogova. Join The Russian Arts Theater & Studio as characters desperately fumble their way through love triangles, misunderstandings and the search for salvation.
- James Fordyce (Professor Serebryakov)
- Robert Freedman (Hired Man)
- *James Hallett (Uncle Vanya)
- Moran Hizgilov (Musician)
- Mindy Luce (Sonia)
- Dina Paisner (Marina)
- Rochelle Slovin (Mrs. Voinitsky)
- Alexander Sokovikov (Astrov)
- Di Zhu (Yelena)
- Christopher Zach (Telegin)
*Appearing courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association
Dates & Times of Performance
- OCT 29 through NOV 20, 2013
- Tues, Weds, Thurs & Sat @ 8pm
- Sundays @ 7PM
- The Stanton Street Shul
- 180 Stanton Street
- New York, NY 10002
Actor James Hallett
Playing the lead character of Uncle Vanya, this will mark the third collaboration between James Hallett and Aleksey Burago. In the past, James has played the leading role as Mikheyev in An Absolutely Happy Village and as Hermann in Queen of Spades, both directed by Aleksey Burago.
Actor Alexander Sokovikov
Playing the role of Astrov, Alexander Sokovikov is of Russian descent, and is a graduate of the prestigious Moscow Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS), a place where some of the most famous theater practitioners have led classes, including Anatoly Vassilev, Pyotr Fomenko, Anatoly Efros, and Maria Knebel.
Actress Di Zhu
Playing the role of Yelena, is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music, where she studied piano literature and performance. She is a laureate of many piano competitions, including The Inaugural International New York Piano Competition.
Actress Rochelle Slovin
Playing the role of Mrs. Voinitsky, actress Rochelle Slovin returns to the stage after a prestigious career as founder and director of Museum of the Moving Image, which she led for thirty years.
The Stanton Street Shul
The Stanton Street Shul celebrated its centennial anniversary this year. The shul that stands at 180 Stanton Street is the first American home of Congregation Bnai Jacob Anshe Brzezan (“Sons of Jacob, People of Brzezan”). Incorporated in 1893, the community of Jewish immigrants from the town of Brzezan in Southeast Galicia, (formerly Austria-Hungary, then Poland, now the Ukraine), created their place of worship from an existing structure on the site in 1913, within a thriving Lower East Side Jewish community. The shul has since changed with the neighborhood, but has struggled to preserve its old country roots. Today, it is one of the few tenement shuls still left of the 700 congregations recorded in 1918 serving the Jews of the Lower East Side. Coincidentally, Artistic Director Aleksey Burago is also of Jewish heritage.
For more information about The Stanton Street Shul, please visit www.stantonstshul.com/
For more insight into Russian culture, visit the Russian Arts Theater and Studio blog.