Uncle Vanya, the classic drama by Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is scheduled for three matinee performances by The Autumn Players of Asheville Community Theatre: Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, at 35below, and Sunday, November 11, in the Manheimer Room at Reuter Center on the campus of UNC-Asheville.
Adapted by Brian Friel and directed by Anita Chapman, this thoughtful, compassionate, and humorous study of a family in czarist Russia is the second of five productions of the 2012-13 season of Readers Theater Showcase. Curtain is at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $5 cashat the door.
Set at the turn of the twentieth century, this tragicomic portrait of life on a country estate reaches deeply into the heart of human experience. Caught in a web of misunderstandings, jealousies and affections, members of an extended family struggle to face their disappointments and missed opportunities and to meet the future with courage and hope.
Director Anita Chapman is currently Chair of The Autumn Players. She has appeared in the Readers Theater Showcase productions of A Man for All Seasons, The Heiress, and The Shadow Box, and has directed The Trip to Bountiful, The Little Foxes, and A Delicate Balance. Formerly English Department Chair of the American International School of The Hague, Ms. Chapman has a graduate degree in Dramaturgy from the University of Amsterdam.
The Autumn Players is Asheville Community Theatre's volunteer outreach company consisting of dozens of seasoned actors, directors, writers, and event organizers dedicated to taking theatre into the community. Celebrating their 20th Anniversary, this company has provided entertainment, enrichment, and education for thousands of students, seniors, and in-betweens at venues within an hour or more from Asheville.
For more information or for a full schedule of the Readers Theatre Showcase series, please visit www.ashevilletheatre.org.