Presented by: Irish Repertory Theatre
Afterplay revisits the lives of two characters: Sonya, Uncle Vanya’s dutiful niece and Andrey, the downtrodden intellectual brother of The Three Sisters created by Chekhov 100 years ago.
From two different fictional backgrounds we meet them again after 20 years. They meet by chance in a late night cafe’ in 1920s Moscow. The concert violinist and determined estate owner cannot escape their origins and those circumstances furnished by their creator are still determining their lives. Part of Andrey remains a boy- confused, motherless, reared in a remote provincial town by a domineering father and his 3 restless sisters, while Sonya is wrestling with a difficult estate and is still deeply and hopelessly in love with the local doctor as she was all those years ago.
Twenty years after their original plays and in their middle age they find a comfortable anticipation in their encounter. There is promise in their meeting until their stories unfold and the glow of their fantasies makes way for reality to reclaim the identities of these cherished characters.
Cast: Dearbhla Molloy & Dermot Crowley
Wednesday: 3pm & 8pm
Saturday: 3pm & 8pm
Playing at: Irish Repertory Theatre — 132 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
Opening: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Closing: Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Directed by: Joe Dowling