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Hendrix Players Present ‘Uncle Vanya’

CONWAY, Ark. (November 6, 2017) – The Hendrix Players and the Hendrix College Department of Theatre Arts and Dance present Uncle Vanya, a dramatic adaptation by Emily Mann of the Anton Chekhov play. Performances are Wednesday, November 8 through Friday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 11, at 2 p.m. The production is directed by Ann Muse ’83, Professor of Theatre Arts at Hendrix.

Hendrix Players productions are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. For reservations, visit or call 501-450-1343. 

Uncle Vanya is the story of Alexander, a retired professor, bringing his beautiful young wife, Yelena, back home to his country estate and disrupting the lives of others there, including Sonya, the daughter of the professor and his first wife, and Uncle Vanya, the first wife’s brother. Yelena’s presence, in particular, creates tension in the household. 

The cast and crew consists entirely of Hendrix students:

Jenna Bracas ’19 of Vilonia, Arkansas                     Stage Manager

Michael Crippen Jr. ’19 of White Hall, Arkansas       Ilya Telegin

Brian Earles ’18 of North Little Rock, Arkansas       Technical Crew

Miracle Farr ’20 of Marvell, Arkansas                      Costume, Makeup, and Lighting

Jack Frey ’21 of Austin, Texas                                Professor Alexander Serabryakov

Emily Gardner ’20 of Little Rock, Arkansas             Scenery and Lighting

Marlee Hoggard ’21 of Little Rock, Arkansas           Marina

Madelyn Klinkerman ’21 of Pearland, Texas            Yelena

Rory MacNicol ’18 of Little Rock, Arkansas            Scene Shop

Ivy McGrew ’18 of Petit Jean, Arkansas                  Maria Voynitsky, Prop Master and Paint Charge

Dalton Cole McVay ’21 of Little Rock, Arkansas      Night Watchman, Assistant Stage Manager

Rachel Partridge ’19 of Little Rock, Arkansas           Sonya, Lighting/Technical Crew

Nugget Settles ’20 of North Little Rock, Arkansas    Technical Crew

Jackson Sims ’21 of Little Rock, Arkansas               Vanya

Bethany Starr ’19 of Conway, Arkansas                   Scene Shop

Laiken Thompson ’18 of Denton, Texas                 Assistant Stage Manager

Chris Wahim ’18 of Plano, Texas                            Dr. Mikhail Astrov

Kathleen Wendover ’18 of Littleton, Colorado         Scene Shop

Jonah White ’20 of Mountain Home, Arkansas        Assistant Stage Manager

Eric Phillips ’89, a Hendrix alumnus and professor of theatre arts at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, designed the set for this production.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit