Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time

17 – 20, 22 – 25 June 2016 at 8pm
The Invisible Dog
Brooklyn NY

Photos by Elke Young


Created by New Saloon


Text by Anton Chekhov

Translations by Carol Rocamora, Paul Schmidt, Laurence Senelick,

Marian Fell, Google Translate, and Milo Cramer

Directed by Morgan Green

Dramaturgy by Elliot B. Quick


Performed by Brittany Allen, Vinie Burrows*, Ugo Chukwu*, Constance Cooper, Milo Cramer, Fernando Gonzalez, Jonathan Gordon*, David Greenspan*, Tommy Heleringer*, Chris Henry*, Veronica Hunsinger-Loe, Hannah Mitchell, Caitlin Morris, Craig Mungavin*, Jeanna Phillips*, and Madeline Wise*

*these actors appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association


New Saloon presents MINOR CHARACTER, a kaleidoscopic adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. A cast of 16 performers collage a century's worth of English translations – from the flowery 1916 version to Google Translate's profoundly nonsensical rendition – into one sprawling, intimate, quietly disastrous evening.

Identity is plural. Communication is an athletic feat. Failure is inevitable.

We are betrayed by language in the moments we most need it.



Music by Deepali Gupta
Scenic Design by Kristen Robinson
Lighting Design by Masha Tsimring
Costume Design by Emily Oliveira
Sound Design by M. Florian Staab


Produced by Emily Kaplan and in Association with Immediate Medium.
Associate Producer: Emily Reilly
Production Manager: Josh Shain
Production Stage Manager: Emily Lynch-Fries


This project was developed, in part, in the Resident Artists Program 2015 of Mabou Mines and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency. This project was supported, in part, by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This project was also made possible by generous donations from the Mental Insight Foundation and Off-Broadway Angels. Presented by special arrangement with Helen Merrill LLC, Smith and Krause Licensing, and Laurence Senelick.