Unchanging Love

Written by Romulus Linney
Directed by Gillian Kelly


Based on Anton Chekhov's short story, "In the Hollow", Unchanging Love is a harrowing and heart-felt tale of innocence and compassion in the face of small-town greed and cruelty. Linney, raised in Madison Tennessee, reinterprets the Russian original through the American experience, setting the play's action in the foothills of 1920's Appalachia. The play incorporates traditional Appalachian song and music, evoking colorful American traditions and themes.

Featuring: Gary Houston, Jason Ahlstrom, George Dickson, Mark Dillon, Victor Doylida, Pete Fitzsimmons, Evelyn Kelly, Betsy Elizabeth Ann McKnight , Justine Serino & Lorelei Sturm

Stage Manager: Lisa Wewerka 
Producer: Kathy Scambiatterra
Scenic Design: Kurt Boetcher
Costume Design: Kathleen Cowell
Sound Design: James Murray
Lighting Design: Amanda Clegg Lyon
Properties Design: Brad Sauper
Dialect Coaching: Eva Breneman
Choreography: Melissa Zaremba

Performance Schedule

Performances: July- August 2006
Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

“The Artistic Home mounts another terrific ensemble piece with Romulus Linney’s Unchanging Love...a compelling family saga where greed, cruelty and compassion clash with compassion and innocence...Once again, The Artistic Home proves that a small Equity theatre company can land polished productions in a small venue. See this show!”
— Tom Williams, Chicago Critic
“Artistic Home, Chicago’s delivery system for underrated American classics, continues to best its own ensemble achievements with director Kelly’s charcoal portrait of tribal rural life. Stage vet Houston’s lived-in performance, preternatural in its realism, suggests an amiable man who may be chapped by his decades of survival, but whose unrealistic expectations for his clan are informed by his uniquely American good fortune. Meanwhile, soft, slow-eyed McKnight haunts as a naive kid oblivious to what she’s saying ‘I do’ to. And her honeyed vocals linger like mountain smoke.”
— Christopher Piatt, Time Out Chicago