Columbia College Chicago Theatre Alums Featured in ‘Uncle Vanya’ at Goodman Theatre Feb. 11-March 12; Special ‘College Night’ Feb. 15 Features Pizza + Play



Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni Caroline Neff  ’07 and Alzan Pelesic ’02, both graduates of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Acting, are featured in the Goodman Theatre’s upcoming production of Anton Chekhov’s drama Uncle Vanya.

Directed by Goodman Theatre artistic director Robert Falls, this production marks the Chicago premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker’s acclaimed new adaptation of the classic Russian play. As reported in this blog previously, Neff co-starred in the Chicago premiere of Baker’s Pulitzer-winning play The Flick at Steppenwolf Theatre, where Neff is an ensemble member. The show’s creative team includes sound designer Richard Woodbury, former associate chair of the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.

Uncle Vanya runs February 11-March 12 at the Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn, in downtown Chicago.

A special College Night on Wednesday, February 15, includes a 6 PM pizza party for college students, followed by the 7:30 PM performance of the play, all for only $10. (Use promo code COLLEGE for tickets at or call the box office at 312-443-3800. A student ID must be presented at the event.)

The play takes place at the country estate of an elderly professor, where resentments flow as freely as the vodka. As the professor’s health fails, his extended family is forced to confront their disturbing futures, while still foundering in their disconcerting pasts.