Along with our regular productions, NLT also presents Reader’s Theater, free events in which actors read from scripts for a unique appreciation of classic and contemporary works.
Originally developed by one of our area’s directors, Penny Potenz Winship, each play is carefully chosen to offer actors a creative challenge and the audience a creative experience.
In this modern version of the Chekhov comic play set at the Jersey shore two years after Hurricane Sandy, Vanya and his niece, Sonya, run the B & B that his sister & her mother, Faith, built for the family as a means of income and a place for rest. Faith’s husband, professor Alexander, is staying at the B & B with his second (and much younger) wife, Helena. Sparks fly when Vanya and his best friend, Dr. Mike, find themselves equally infatuated with the nubile Helena. Their actions and words are carefully observed by Nanita, the geographically unplaceable maid, and Pocky, the B & B’s handyman who is much smarter than everyone thinks. Often played as a heavy-handed tragic piece, Chekhov intended it to be a comedy. This version emphasizes the absurdity of human behavior.
This play contains strong language and adult situations, and is for mature audiences.
The performance will be held at 47 Erie Place, Nutley, NJ
Admission is free.
For information about this or other productions, call 973-667-0374.
Attention all NLT members:
If you are interested in performing as a reader in future productions or have any suggestions for the upcoming schedule, please contact Melissa Hathaway.