By Anton Chekhov
Translation by Carol Rocamora
Adapted by Ari Roth
Directed by John Vreeke

June 17–July 19, 2009

“A production that revitalizes and freshens some tried-and-true Chekhovian arguments
by sifting them through a Jewish strainer” - Washington Jewish Weekly

"lively, solidly built and frequently funny...and productions of Chekhov
that achieve that particular trifecta are rare indeed" - Washington City Paper

“It’s funny, full of well-weaved themes, and impressively acted” – City Shifting


Youth is envied, challenged and mortally wounded in this tale by the great Russian master. Inspired by Vanya on 42nd Street, our own 16th Street theater and the dynamic clash between spiritual yearning and our artistic ambitions provides the stage for a journey back to the Russian countryside in this tale of artistic conflict, love, loss, jealousy and lots of laughs.

This talented cast, who have collectively been nominated for over 30 Helen Hayes Awards, will be led by Jerry Whiddon as the famous author Trigorin, Naomi Jacobson as his lover, the grande dame Arkadina, J. Fred Shiffman as the amiable philosopher Dr. Dorn and Alexander Strain as the young playwright Treplev.


The Cast:


 Naomi Jacobson

The Mad Dancers, The Disputation

 Jerry Whiddon

Director of Speed-the-Plow

 J. Fred Shiffman


 Alexander Strain

Pangs of the Messiah; Honey Brown Eyes; The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall



 Brian Hemmingsen


Nana Ingvarsson


 Tessa Klein

Sleeping Arrangements;
Rise and Fall of Annie Hall

Mark Krawczyk





Stephen Patrick Martin 


Veronica del Cerro


 Jason McCool