Vanya on 42nd Street

Monday, January 5
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1hr 59mins // directed by:Louis Malle // featuring:Julianne Moore, Wallace Shawn

Featuring a post-screening conversation with special guests from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Christopher Durang’s hilarious Chekovian mash-up, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike.

In the early nineties, theater director André Gregory mounted a series of spare, private performances of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya in a crumbling Manhattan playhouse. This experiment in pure theater—featuring a remarkable cast of actors, including Wallace Shawn, Julianne Moore, Brooke Smith, and George Gaynes—would have been lost to time had it not been captured on film, with subtle cinematic brilliance, by Louis Malle. Vanya on 42nd Street is as memorable and emotional a screen version of Chekhov’s masterpiece as one could ever hope to see. This film, which turned out to be Malle’s last, is a tribute to the playwright’s devastating work as well as to the creative process itself. (The Criterion Collection)

After the screening of Vanya on 42nd Street, guests from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of the Tony Award-winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike will discuss Durang and Malle’s disparate (but equally compelling) approaches to Chekhov’s classic themes of loss and longing.

Please click here for tickets and/or more information about the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which runs January 2 – February 1, 2015.