Uncle Vanya (Baker, trans.)

by  Annie Baker, Anton Chekhov, Margarita Shalina

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  5m, 4f

Winner! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play

Nominee! 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best Play Revival

“You know, I used to think that being a creep meant you were sick or abnormal, but lately I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re all creeps. Everyone in the world, behaving naturally, is a complete creep.”

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

This intimate, immersive new adaptation of Chekhov’s classic from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker – author of Body Awareness, Circle Mirror Transformation, and The Flick – brings colloquial language to this internationally beloved story of human relationships and yearning. Written with the “goal of creating a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first productions in the provinces in 1898,” Annie Baker’s Uncle Vanya introduces twenty-first century audiences to Chekhov’s enduring wit, insight, and emotionl depth.
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  • Winner! 2013 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Revival of a Play
    Nominee! 2013 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best Play Revival
    Top 10 in 2012! Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
    Top 10 in 2012! Scott Brown, New York Magazine


“This strikingly intimate Uncle Vanya is one of the summer’s hot tickets.” - The New York Times

“Wholly absorbing." - Time Out New York

“Devastatingly beautiful [...] Go see it. People are going to be talking about this one for years.” - Village Voice

“Annie Baker’s colloquial version of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya is more than a modern-dress treatment of a classic work. It’s a fresh rethinking of the material from the perspective of a modern mind.” - Variety

“The most intimate and engaging exploration of Chekhov’s bleak comedy since Andre Gregory’s Vanya on 42nd Street more than 20 years ago.” - Bloomberg News

“A soul-satisfying Uncle Vanya.” - Philly Inquirer

“Baker’s strikingly colloquial (yet remarkably faithful) translation [...] eliminates any distance we might feel from these universal characters first created over 100 years ago, but recognizable to - and in - each one of us.” - TheaterMania

“Chekhov's 1898 masterpiece [...] as low-frills, intimate and homemade as possible.” - The New York Times

“Top 10 things on the New York stage.” - New York Daily News

“Baker practices [...] astonishing verbal magic.” - The Paris Review


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The action takes place on Serebryakov’s estate.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


5m, 4f
YELENA ANDREYEVNA - his wife, 27 years old.
SOPHIA ALEXANDROVNA (SONYA) -his daughter from his first marriage.
VOINITSKAYA, MARIA VASILYEVNA - widow of a Privy Councillor, mother of the professor’s first wife.
TELEGIN, ILYA ILYICH - an impoverished landowner.
MARINA - an old nanny.
YEFIM - Hired Man/Night Watchman wife. Voinitsky, Ivan Petrovich (Vanya), her son. Astrov, Mikhail Lvovich, a doctor. Telegin, Ilya Ilyich, an impoverished landowner. Marina, an old nanny. Yefim (Hired Man/Night Watchman)
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors



Annie Baker

Annie Baker's full-length plays include The Flick (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for ...

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Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (29 January 1860– 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor thro ...

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Margarita  Shalina

Margarita Shalina

Uncle Vanya we first presented Off Broadway by Soho Rep Theatre in New York City on June 16, 2013. It was directed by Sam Gold.

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