What keeps a person alive? A celebrated professor has built a life and career off of the profits of a rural farm run by Sonya, his daughter, and Vanya, his brother-in-law from a previous marriage. Returning to the family estate the professor surprises all by announcing his intention to sell the property so that he and his beautiful younger second wife can live more comfortably in the city. Can the different members of this complicated family and their friends survive the tedium of life without work? Quintessence will conclude season VII with Anton Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA in a new American translation by Annie Baker. This classic Russian drama is part romance, part tragedy, part farce, and explores what it is essential and of the most value in the collective human struggle to progress and endure.


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May 31 - June 18, 2017