Academy Players’ Latest Production Gave Audiences A Reality ‘Chek-Hov’

Academy Players’ Latest Production Gave Audiences A Reality ‘Chek-Hov’

The Academy Players of Fairfield University recently returned to the Wien Experimental Theater stage to present four smart and satirical performances of Life Sucks, Aaron Posner’s brash and revelatory adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

The Academy Players is a group of Fairfield faculty and staff who volunteer their time to produce an annual theater production that brings together as many schools, departments, faculty and courses as possible to examine a dimension of their studies through the performing arts. Each performance is followed by a different faculty-led discussion addressing one or more themes and highlighting the central importance of the humanities at the University.

This year’s cast featured Vice Provost Don Gibson, PhD; Dennis Keenan, PhD, professor of philosophy; Sonya Huber, MFA, associate professor of English; Jerelyn Johnson, PhD, the play’s co-producer and associate professor of modern languages and literatures; Pamela Kelly, assistant dean and office manager for the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions; Mark Ligas, PhD, interim dean of the Dolan School of Business; Andrea Martinez, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and David Schmidt, PhD, associate professor of business ethics.