Rock ‘N’ Roll

Written By Tom Stoppard
Directed By Kathy Scambiatterra

Jeff Nominated for Performer in a Supporting Role and Artistic Specialization!

Featuring: Julian Hester, H.B. Ward, Kristin Collins, Kayla Adams, Brookelyn Hébert, Devon Carson , Annie Hogan, Mark Pracht,  Carter Petray, Raphael Diaz, Taylor Cannon, Freedom Martin, and Stuart Ritter.

The production team includes Kevin Hagan (set design), Cat Wilson (lighting and projection design), Zach Wagner (costume design), Mark Bracken (sound design), Mary O’Dowd (properties design), and Sara Ann Dickey (stage manager).

ROCK 'N' ROLL is an electrifying collision of the romantic and the revolutionary. It is 1968 and the world is ablaze with rebellion, accompanied by a sound track of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Clutching his prized collection of rock albums, Jan, a Cambridge graduate student, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks roll into Prague. When security forces tighten their grip on artistic expression, Jan is inexorably drawn toward a dangerous act of dissent. Back in England, Jan's volcanic mentor, Max, faces a war of his own as his free-spirited daughter and his cancer-stricken wife attempt to break through his walls of academic and emotional obstinacy. Over the next twenty years of love, espionage, chance, and loss, the extraordinary lives of Jan and Max spin and intersect until an unexpected reunion forces them to see what is truly worth the fight.


Performance Schedule

Performances: October 7- November 18 2018
Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

The Artistic Home is on street level with curb to seat assistance upon request. There are seats that don’t require climbing stairs and an accessible restroom. We will also call you a taxi for the trip home and have large print programs, also upon request. For requests please email:

Location: 1376 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

“...Scambiatterra’s production gives us deeply humane characters to care about as the whirligig of history spins on.”
— Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune, 10/16/2018
“With vehement intensity, the courageous cast of this mammoth two-hour, 45-minute show, directed by Kathy Scambiatterra, sift through the failed embers of history for the theatrical experience of a lifetime.”
— Max Maller, The Reader, 10/11/2018