Tom Wood from Anton Chekhov

Published by Cyberpress

4 Male 4 Female

1928, Canada

In his late fifties, having spent his life toiling on a remote farm in Northern Alberta, Uncle Vanya has sacrificed his dreams to support his brother-in-law, an English Professor

Learning that the professor is a fraud and that his sacrifice has been in vain, Vanya decides to reveal his long standing love for Elena, the new young wife of the Professor

But Elena is falling for Vanya's best friend, country doctor Michael Astrov ...


"A sublimely beautiful script by Canadian playwright Tom Wood" ~ Willamette Week

"Tom Wood's adaptation of Uncle Vanya is unusual in two major ways. First and most important is the accessibility of the language and its contemporary feeling. This is important both for the actors and the audience. It is rare to find translations of Chekhov that jump forward in our consciousness and strip off the layers of dust and stiffness that distinguish most versions. This effect is partly the language and partly the setting. Northern Alberta in the 20s, with the first War in the immediate past and the depression and the second war looming, is a very close parallel to the Russia of the 1890s. And the people, I have always thought, are closer to Canadians than to the English who have produced most versions" ~ Hamilton

"This Vanya adaptation is rich with themes. Themes threaded poetically through the work ... The power of William Hurt's performance is matched and aided by the clarity of Wood's adaptation. This version makes a variety of changes that put the story's conflicts in higher relief and emphasize the humor Chekhov always insisted was essential ... Between Wood's alterations and JoAnn Johnson's direction, there's a palpable sense of loss, not just of opportunities squandered but of the death of Vanya's beloved sister" ~ The Oregonian


Browse Library

About Stageplays

Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world.

Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theatre community since the last century. We’re primarily a family-run business and several of us also work in professional theatre.

But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community.

Subscribe to our theatre newsletter

We'll email you regular details of new plays and half-price special offers on a broad range of theatre titles.


We can deliver any play in print to any country in the world - and we ship from both the US and the UK.

© 2010 - 2021 Stageplays, Inc.