(Included in the volume THE YALTA GAME; THE BEAR; AFTERPLAY)
THE STORY: 1920s Moscow, a small, run-down café. Uncle Vanya’s niece, Sonya Serebriakova, now in her forties, is the only customer. Until the arrival of the Three Sisters’ put-upon brother Andrey Prozorov.
“Brian Friel’s audacious, Chekhovian epilogue [AFTERPLAY] is short, masterful and hilarious…prior knowledge of Chekhov is neither assumed nor required…Friel inhabits the characters so masterfully you are ultimately less preoccupied with the backstory than increasingly fearful for their future.” —Guardian (UK).