A Month in the Country
August 1 – 19
By Ivan Turgenev
Translated by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky
Directed by Richard Nelson
One week before her 30th birthday, the simple life of dutiful wife and mother Natalya is upended when the arrival of her son’s charming new tutor unleashes a whirlwind of love, lust, and jealousy. Both psychologically compelling and emotionally raw, Turgenev’s masterpiece reveals the disruptive nature of passion, intermixed with genuine loss and heartbreak, as Natalya and those around her are torn between moral responsibility and uncontrollable desire.
To create a sense of intimacy and bridge the divide between audience and actors, the first four rows of the theater have been removed, placing the stage in the middle of the audience. Utilizing cutting-edge sound technology, this playing space is covered with a ceiling of tiny microphones, allowing the actors to speak naturally and immersing the audience almost cinematically in the action.
With a revelatory new translation by playwright Richard Nelson and Richard Pevear & Larissa Volokhonsky – the foremost contemporary translators of classic Russian literature including the best-selling Oprah’s Book Club selection, Anna Karenina – A Month in the Country is a premiere theatrical event unlike anything previously presented by the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Scene Design | Takeshi Kata
Costume Design | Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design | Japhy Weideman
Sound Design | Drew Levy