Vanya on the Plains

A World Premiere!
Written By Jason Hedrick
Directed By Kayla Adams

Featuring:  Frank Nall, Kathy Scambiatterra, Katherine Schwartz, Ariana Lopez, Ben Zarbock, Mark Pracht, Brookelyn Hebert, Ernest Henton, Eric Simon, and Karla Corona.

The production team includes Alyssa Balogh (Assistant Director), Edmond Hood (Stage Manager), Kevin Hagan (Set Design), Zachery Wagner (Costume Design), and Petter Wahlback (Sound Design)

The Artistic Home Ensemble’s first production of the 2019-20 Chicago Theatre Season will be the world premiere of VANYA ON THE PLAINS, a Chekhovian tragicomedy by Jason Hedrick, Director of the O’Neil Theatre and Instructor of Theatre and Speech at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL. Hedrick’s play imagines a future totalitarian society in which in-person human interaction is greatly diminished and daily life experiences are detached from reality in favor of digital virtual reality experiences. The “plains” of the title is a barren land only somewhat more livable than the neighboring sector, the Outlands. In an attempt to acquaint his family and friends with real-time and real-space personal interaction and genuine relationships, the 79-year old Elijah convinces them to perform Chekhov’s UNCLE VANYA despite the fact that the younger members of the family have never seen a play and have no conception of acting.

Performance Schedule

Previews: September 11-14 2019
Opening: September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Performances: September 15- Octoboer 27 2019
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:

Running Time: TBA

Late Seating: TBA

Content Advisory: TBA

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