April 10 — May 6
On the Main Stage
Adapted from Tolstoy by Kevin McKeon
Directed by Chris Coleman
Tolstoy’s classic story of love and marriage in Imperial Russia comes to our Main Stage in a new adaptation by Kevin McKeon, adaptor of Snow Falling on Cedars.
This tragic love story has been called by some the greatest novel ever written—it certainly has one of the most famous first lines: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” When Anna’s husband refuses to release her from their marriage to pursue her love for Count Vronsky, the wheels are set in motion for the ultimate sacrifice. Anna Karenina isn’t concerned with observing the minutiae of social etiquette, like Jane Austen, nor with righting social injustices, like Dickens. It’s about uncontrollable passions, and emotional and sexual betrayal, set against one of the most romantic periods of world history.
Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Thursday matinees at noon
A full list of performances and dates will appear when you enter the ticketing section of the website.
Anna Karenina runs approximately two hours and 45 minutes with one intermission.
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Theatrical haze, gunshots and herbal cigarettes are used in this production.
Reviews and Comment
Marty Hughley | The Oregonian [Review 20 Apr 2012]
Bathed in dusky blue light, imposing archways frame the stage. In the background sits the facsimile of a crowded roofline, studded with the soft-serve-like domes of Czarist Russian architecture. Add just a few seconds of movement—laboring peasants, followed by their upright aristocratic betters—and we know where we are and how things work. This is a society of grandeur (for some) built on toil (by many), set and solid in its ways.read more
Aaron Scott | Portland Monthly [Review 20 Apr 2012]
Just as every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, to quote the opening sentence of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, every theatrical adaptation is unhappy in its own way, too. Not to say that there aren’t many wonderful adaptations, but just that the adaptation process is a struggle that, much like a family, involves fights, oversights, and sacrifices, from which few exit unscathed.read more
28 February 2013 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
Last April, audiences in Portland were treated to a stunning adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic romance Anna Karenina. Did you know that the production here at PCS was also the play’s theatrical world premiere, the first time that Kevin McKeon’s play was seen onstage, anywhere? Now, the play has moved on to a second production at Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theater. The moral of this story is that investing in new works for the stage is an incredibly important piece of today’s theater puzzle, that theaters across the country aspire to complete.More
02 May 2012 & Posted by Natalie Gilmore
Every audience member sitting in a darkened theater brings his or her own drama to the experience. It’s only natural that we’d see a play through the lens of our individual life and experiences. So of course Anna’s living space would speak volumes to an interior designer! She reads the language of fabric choices and furniture shapes as a profession. Tell us about a moment you saw in a play that sparked a particular resonance with your own life and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win tickets to Black Pearl Sings! and dinner for two at Cassidy’s!More
01 May 2012 & Posted by Kinsley Suer
On May 28, 2004, Oprah Winfrey announced that the next novel in her book club would be Leo Tolstoy’s epic Russian masterpiece Anna Karenina. The book sold 79,000 copies in one week – doubling its total U.S. sales since its English publication in 1886. The next week, it was Number 1 on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list. This sounds to me like another case of what I’ve dubbed the “Oprah Book Club Phenomenon.”More