Actor Campbell Scott Comes to Weston for ‘Uncle Vanya’
Known for his roles in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘Royal Pains,’ Campbell Scott takes to the Weston Playhouse stage for Anton Chekhov’s wistful comedy, ‘Uncle Vanya.’ He plays the role of Astrov, a forlorn visionary philosopher, in this timeless play in which tempers flare and passions ignite when an aging professor returns with his beautiful young wife to his family’s country estate. In an interesting spin, the Weston production is set in contemporary Vermont. This last show of the season has a limited engagement, running Thursday, August 28, to Saturday, September 6.
“In Weston’s 78-year history, we have never tackled Chekhov,” offered producing artistic director Steve Stettler. “To really do it well takes the right adaptation, the right director and a stellar cast. We’ve assembled all the right pieces. I’m confident we’ll be wrapping up our 2014 season with much pride in this show.”
The Weston production utilizes a new translation/adaptation by the recent Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker. In adapting it she said her goal “was to create a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first production in 1898.” Mike Donahue, a graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, directs. Joining Campbell Scott on stage is his wife Kathleen McElfresh as the lovely Yelena, and Liam Craig as Vanya, with Christopher Donahue, Munson Hicks, Barbara Lloyd, Cass Morgan, Jeanine Serralles and Clark Glennon.
Performances are at the Weston Playhouse on the Village Green (12 Park Street) in Weston. Tickets can be purchased by calling 802-824-5288 or online at westonplayhouse.org.
The Weston Playhouse Theatre Company is an award-winning nonprofit theatre nationally known for its multi-stage summer season, education and new works programs. A $10 million capital campaign is currently underway, with plans to build a year-round cultural center for Southern Vermont – a theatre arts incubator with retreats, workshops and a new studio theatre at Weston’s Walker Farm.