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Presented with Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble


A new adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya centered around a black family living in St. Louis

November 6 at 7:30pm

VanyeTearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s adaptation of the Chekhov classic, Uncle Vanya, takes on issues of gentrification, exploring our complicated relationships with corporations, community, and social capital in “developing” spaces. For Chisholm: “Uncle Vanya is a story about limitations. It’s about people who understand, in their bodies, that they aren’t entitled to anything – least of all happiness. But never-the-less, they persevere. In order to truly capture this feeling of hopelessness and endurance, the adaptation must center around a black family living in my hometown: St. Louis.” Chisholm is a National New Play Network Affiliated Artist and has received the 2018 Smith Prize for Political Theater for Vanye, a commission award established in 2006 by Timothy Jay Smith and a group of socially conscious donors to encourage emerging playwrights to tackle the pressing issues of our times. 

Running Time: TBD


A limited number of $10 tickets are made available for all Noise Now events and are released at 10am ten days prior to each event. To purchase a $10 ticket, simply visit our website at 10am on the ticket release date and select the $10 ticket option. If $10 tickets are not visible online, then all available tickets have already been claimed. For Vanye, these tickets will be made available at 10:00am on Tuesday, November 27, 2020.


A limited number of complimentary tickets are held for all Noise Now events. Please contact Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Director of Cultural Programming, at to check availability for this event.

artists + cast


  • Director: Gregg T. Daniel
  • Artistic Associate: Veralyn Jones
  • Artistic Associate: Yvonne Huff Lee
  • Artistic Associate: Jason Delane Lee
  • Managing Director: Courtney Oliphant
  • Program Director: Doug Oliphant


  • Performers: Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble Company Members

LOWER DEPTH’s mission is to explore the diverse experiences of the African diaspora and beyond. As an ensemble of theatre artists, they strive to awaken and enliven the community with transformative programming that celebrates authentic human stories told through the lens of the artist of color. Their vision is to transform perspectives, overcome obstacles for understanding, and create space for a new cultural narrative to unfold.