Peyankov directs ‘Ivanov’ at UIC Theatre

"Life's biggest questions when we feel trapped" is the theme of the UIC Theatre's 2014-15 season.

“Life’s biggest questions, asked most urgently when we feel trapped” is the theme of the UIC Theatre’s 2014-15 season.

Yasen Peyankov, head of UIC’s acting program and an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre, will direct Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov” as adapted by Peyankov and Peter Christensen.


Nov. 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16, 19, 23 at 2 p.m.
Nov. 18 at noon


UIC Theatre
1044 W. Harrison St.


The director’s adaptation weaves tragedy and comedy in a nuanced exploration of unfulfilled lives and lost souls as all the characters struggle to make sense of disillusionment, capture love, or simply endure boredom in the provinces.

Chekhov’s first anti-hero — the depressed, indebted government official Ivanov — has learned that his wife is dying just as he is pursued by a younger woman and chastised by an idealistic doctor who doubts Ivanov’s commitment to his wife.  Relatives, friends and neighbors may meddle, but Ivanov must find his own way.

“My goal was to create an actor-friendly, contemporary-sounding American adaptation that would not take any liberties with the language,” Peyankov said. “I as the person who knew Russian, and Peter as the person for whom English is a profession, found a happy medium.”

Tickets are $17 for general admission and $12 for students at the box office or online.  For information, call (312) 996-3991.

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