CAAL Night: Uncle Vanya with Cate Blanchett
131 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Pre-Performance Reception 6:15 PM to 7:15 PM
Performance 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
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On Thursday, July 19, CAAL members were invited to attend a performance of Anton Chekhov's classic, Uncle Vanya, as part of this year's Lincoln Center Festival. The production featured a star-studded cast, including Richard Roxburgh as Vanya, Hugo Weaving as Astrov and Cate Blanchett as Yelena. CAAL members and their guests began the evening with an exclusive pre-performance reception with Duncan Hazard '77GSAPP in the Patrons' Lounge at New York City Center.
The play tracks Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya on a dilapidated, remote farm, as they work slavishly to sustain an estate in decline. And so it has been for years, until Sonya's father and his new wife turn this bucolic scene into a hotbed of disillusionment and consuming unrequited love.
Tamás Ascher directs Anton Chekhov's classic with exceptional warmth, humor, and insight, in a dazzling and often uproariously funny production by the Sydney Theatre Company, which rose to international prominence under the artistic leadership of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton. Ascher’s production of Chekhov's Ivanov was praised during Lincoln Center Festival 2009 for its "earthy, vigorous staging" and "rough-and-tumble spirit in which the laughs emerge seamlessly out of the bleakness" (The New York Times). Ben Brantley of The New York Times further added that he "consider[ed] the three hours [he] spent...among the happiest of [his] theatregoing life."
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Duncan Hazard | Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation class of 1977
Duncan Hazard is a partner in Ennead Architects. His projects have been recognized by numerous awards, including National AIA Honor Awards, New York State AIA Awards, New York City AIA Awards as well as many local and regional awards.
Mr. Hazard leads a wide range of cultural, academic, scientific, and corporate projects. Among his special areas of expertise is the renovation and restoration of significant historic buildings and the reparation of historic urban and campus precincts. Mr. Hazard serves as principal planner for the office's programming and planning efforts. His many varied projects have afforded him the opportunity to work with many of this country's greatest academic and cultural institutions. He is also responsible for the office's approach to project organization and management.
His recent projects include: New York City Center Renovation, The Joseph Papp Public Theater Entry and Lobby Redesign, Yale University Art Gallery Renovation and Expansion, Cincinnati Music Hall Renovation, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for Manhattan Theatre Club, Brooklyn Museum Master Plan, Entry Pavilion and Plaza, Weill Cornell Medical College Medical Research Building and Weill Greenberg Center, University of Michigan Biomedical Science Research Building, and New York University Langone Medical Center Kimmel Pavilion.
Mr. Hazard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University and a Master of Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is a designated representative for the New York City Landmarks Commission on the Historic Preservation Committee of the 42nd Street Development Project.
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