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As far back as , Russian playwright Anton Chekhov worried about the environment and the effect that industrialization and its attendant pollution would have on the natural world. He covered that theme and more -- lost love, the wasted life, alienation -- in his play, "Uncle Vanya. Listen Listening And if you study my own work as a playwright, you can see that I've been influenced by him. One might say that, in the public mind, Cruz's work and Russian literature have been intertwined ever since the success of his Pulitzer Prize-winning "Anna in the Tropics.

Some of the actors in "Tio Vania" are recent arrivals from Cuba, where Russian cultural influence -- while considerably diminished in the last few decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union -- was pervasive during their youth. Cruz says that might account for the fact that the actors seem to "get" Chekhov so instinctually. They've also had mentors from Russia. It was important for Cruz that non-Spanish speakers enjoy the production.

Similar live translation will be done during "Tio Vania. View the discussion thread. In Jewish folklore, a golem is a creature fashioned of clay and animated by magic. To Michel Hausmann, the golem is less a Yiddisha Frankenstein's monster than a dark knight. Key West is a decidedly upscale place. Fancy boutiques outnumber bodegas. Behind two white screens on a concrete loading dock with no air conditioning, six overhead projectors hum away.

People quietly dart around, picking up what look like small cutouts of faces and figures. They place them on the projectors and with almost imperceptible motions move then across the hot screens. Sometimes a person stands in front of the projectors, his crisp profile forming a silhouette on the other side of a white screen.

He interacts with the shadows of these various cut outs - opening a drawer, taking the bite of a giant apple or falling out of a boat. For the last three months, four veteran servicemen have been writing and workshopping "Conscience Under Fire," a series of monologues premiering Sunday, April 19 at The Betsy Hotel on South Beach.

Share Tweet Email. On Stage Black Box Theater. Miami New Drama. Michael Marrero. But a new play written by a Key West native recaptures the rougher side of island history. Michael Marrero started working on "Locura" 15 years ago.


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In Miami, Russian Classic 'Uncle Vanya' Becomes 'Tio Vania'


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