The Guthrie will open its 2013-14 season with a classic piece of Russian drama. Uncle Vanya, making its first Guthrie appearance in a quarter-century, features an adaptation crafted by Irish playwright Brian Friel and directed by the theater's longtime artistic director, Joe Dowling. The play examines the dying days of pre-revolution Russia from an isolated estate. There, the title character and his niece, Sonya, have maintained a quiet life while living well within their means. All of that is turned upside down by the arrival of visitors: his brother-in-law, along with his new, much younger wife. Friel's decades-long career includes the likes of Dancing at Lughnasa;Philadelphia, Here I Come;Faith Healer; and The Home Place. He has also crafted fresh adaptations for a number of Russian and European works beyond Uncle Vanya, such as Three Sisters and Hedda Gabler. The acting company for the production is led by Andrew Weems, who has a long list of Broadway, television, and film credits, and is making his Guthrie debut. He is joined by John Catron, Melissa Hart, Emily Gunyou Halaas, and Jim Lichtscheidl. The show is in previews September 14 through 19.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 14. Continues through Oct. 27, 2013