Rather than present Uncle Vanya and Romeo & Juliet in repertory as previously announced, Bedlam theatre company will launch its new season this fall with a mash up of both classic works titled Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet. Performances will begin September 14, a day earlier than previously scheduled, in the Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theatres Off-Broadway.
Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet will be directed by Bedlam Artistic Director Eric Tucker and features an adaptation of Uncle Vanya by Kimberly Pau. The show pairs Shakespeare's well-known tragedy about two star-crossed lovers with Anton Chekhov's celebrated play about a retired professor's return to his estate with his new, young wife.
The mash up will be performed by a cast of five, made up of Edmund Lewis, Susannah Millonzi, Randolph Curtis Rand, Zuzanna Szadkowski, and Tucker.
"As I began preparing to present the two plays in rep I saw an opportunity to display their strong thematic similarities in a new way," says Tucker. "Both plays showcase characters experiencing longing for love at different times in their lives. In Uncle Vanya they are looking back saying how did I get here? In Romeo & Juliet they are looking forward saying how can I get there? By watching these epic classics side-by-side within the same sitting in Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, the audience can follow the doubling actors on a journey through a landscape where both worlds intersect revealing the characters varying experiences of love, loss and longing at various milestones in their lives."
The limited engagement will play through October 28 with a September 25 opening night.
Bedlam has garnered a reputation for its minimalist, highly inventive, and ensemble approach to theatre. The company, which re-imagined Peter Pan to critical acclaim last season, has also put its signature spin on other such classics as Sense and Sensibility, Saint Joan, and, most recently, Pygmalion. Visit Bedlam.org for more information.