THEATER: WWU presents Craig Lucas' adaptation of Checkov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’

Western Washington University’s department of theater and dance presents Seattle playwright Craig Lucas’ adaptation of Anton Chekov’s “Uncle Vanya” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, and March 11-14; and at 2 p.m. March 7 and 14 at WWU’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage Theater.

Chekov’s characters long for happiness but expect someone else to provide it for them. The characters are self-involved, ignoring at their own peril the destruction of their natural resources. Writing in the 19th century, Chekov predicted that, in one or two hundred years, that human trait would have dire consequences.

The play portrays the visit of an elderly professor and his “trophy” second wife to the rural estate that supports their urban lifestyle. “Uncle” Vanya, brother of the professor’s first wife, who has long managed the estate, and Astrov, the local doctor, both fall for the professor’s new wife.

Crisis descends on the estate when the professor announces his intention to sell the estate, with a view to investing the proceeds to achieve a higher income for himself and his wife.

Beth Leonard directs.

Tickets, $16 adults, $11 students, are available at 360-650-6146 and tickets.wwu.edu.