MINOR CHARACTER at Under the Radar's INCOMING! Festival January 2017

Created by New Saloon
Directed by Morgan Green
Dramaturg Elliot B. Quick

Featuring Rachel ChristopherMilo CramerAustin DurantFernando GonzalezDavid GreenspanCaitlin MorrisSarah Tolan-Mee, and Madeline Wise

New Saloon’s irreverent mashup of English-language translations of Uncle Vanya – from the dusty 1916 edition to Google Translate’s whack results – is a kaleidoscopic amplification of Chekhov's depressing comedy. Each character is interpreted by multiple actors and through multiple translations, in an athletic attempt to say one true thing. “I’ve been made a complete fool,” Vanya says, “foolishly betrayed,” Vanya agrees, “stupidly cheated,” Vanya clarifies.

New Saloon (Milo Cramer, Morgan Green, and Madeline Wise) handcrafts original performances — from evening-length dramas to two-minute dance videos. They celebrate the unique and enduring aspects of live performance and the dramatic canon; putting ancient traditions in dialogue with contemporary aesthetics, politics, and new media.

Producer Caroline Gart
Stage Manager Katherine Shelton
Composer Deepali Gupta
Scenic Designer Kristen Robinsom
Costume Designer Alice Tavener
Lighting Design Masha Tsimring and Oliver Wason
Sound Design M. Florian Staab


Text Anton Chekhov

Translations Marian FellLaurence SenelickPaul SchmidtCarol RocamoraMilo Cramer and Google Translate

Photos by Elke Young