The Summerscape production unites Dinklage with his wife, theatre director Erica Schmidt, who helms the contemporary-set production running through July 20. Performances of Uncle Vanya began July 9. Dinklage is cast in the title role as "the aging Ványa, [who] supporting the slovenly retired Professor Serebriakóv, lusts after the professor's young wife, and slithers into self-loathing." Joining Dinklage in the Chekhov work are Ritchie Coster (Astov), Lynn Cohen (Marina), Robert Hogan (Professor Alexander Serebriakov), Taylor Schilling (Yelena), Mandy Siegfried (Sonya), Kate Skinner (Maria Vasilyeva), Robert Langdon Lloyd (Telegin "Waffles") and Kevin Orton (Hired Man).
"It's interesting having Pete play Vanya," Schmidt said in a statement. "It makes lines that usually pass unnoticed or seem antiquated pop in a way that I think is dangerous and timely. For example, Dr. Ástrov often uses the word 'freak' – 'people are freaks,' and 'I must have sounded like a freak.' Or '[Vanya,] you're a freak, you know that? I used to think freaks were sick but now I've changed my mind. Now I think being a freak is the normal human condition.' It makes us really look at ourselves and our perception of this Vanya!"
As translated by Paul Schmidt, Uncle Vanya features set design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Michelle R. Phillips and lighting design by David Weiner.
Dinklage is known for his screen roles in "The Station Agent," "Nip/Tuck," "Death at a Funeral," "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" and "Elf." His stage roles include Richard III at the Public as well as Things We Want and Evolution.
On July 13 Bard will host a post-performance discussion with Uncle Vanya director Schmidt and members of the cast.
For tickets and further information phone (845) 758-7900 or visit www.summerscape.bard.edu.