Helen Edmundson’s Anna Karenina plays April 17-20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center on the Utah State University campus. There is an additional matinee April 20 at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Laura Gordon, member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
In a world of power and privilege, Anna Karenina is a woman who dares to obey her heart by leaving her scrupulous husband, Karenin, and traveling with her charming lover, Count Vronsky, across Europe in a scandalous affair. Playwright Helen Edmundson illuminates the original story’s grand pattern: how the adulterous Anna travels towards disintegration and death while her brother, young landowner Levin, travels toward maturity and a sense of wholeness with his true love, Kitty.
Milwaukee-based actor and director Gordon, received her MFA in acting from the University of Iowa and is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow. Gordon said she was drawn to acting as a shy kid and loves the opportunity to walk in another person’s shoes.
Cast includes: Dane Braddy (Levin); Rebecca Swan (Anna); Mitch Shira (Vronsky); Cat Evangelho (Kitty); Hayden Sproul (Stiva); Rachael Hodge (Dolly); Scotty Fletcher (Karenin); Sophie Call (Seriozha); Madison Archibald (Countess Vronsky, Agatha); Heather Bodine (Railway Widow); Wyatt Coggins (Vassily, Priest); Mollee Barse (Princess Betsy); Anna Bodily (Governess); AJ Black (Petritsky) and Cameron S. Neeley (Nikolai).
Tickets for Anna Karenina are $13 adults, $10 seniors/youth, $8 USU faculty/staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or go online to cca.usu.edu.