Life Sucks.

March 28 - April 14, 2019

Wisconsin Premiere

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

In this bold and funny reworking of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, a group of old friends, ex-lovers, estranged in-laws, and lifelong enemies lurches between love and lust, laughter and longing, and the many ways in which life does, and doesn't ... suck.

Both brash and warm-hearted, Madison native Aaron Posner's romp of a play reminds its seven hapless characters—and us—that to feel deeply is the price of a life well-lived.

CAST: Bill Bolz (Vanya), Reese Madigan (Dr. Aster), Brian Mani (Professor), Marcella Kearns (Pickles), Sarah Day (Babs), Elyse Edelman (Sonia), Rana Roman (Ella)

Scenic Designer: Mike Lawler
Lighting Designer: Noele Stollmack
Costume Designer: Ren LaDassor
Sound Designer/Composer: Joe Cerqua
Props Designer: Pam Miles
Stage Manager: Sarah Deming-Henes
Asst. Stage Manager: Enya Nett


Listen to the preshow and intermission playlist for Life Sucks: Listen on Spotify

Check out the "Life is" audience response list, courtesy of cast member Sarah Day: LIFE IS

Behind the scenes with the cast of Life Sucks.

'Life Sucks.' playwright has Wisconsin connections - Gayle Worland, The Wisconsin State Journal

Aaron Posner wrote a play called 'Life Sucks.' He disagrees. - Lindsay Christians, The Cap Times

For the love of Chekhov - Michael Muckian, Isthmus

‘Life Sucks,’ but Updating Chekhov Doesn’t - Stephanie Harte, Footlights

Sponsored by: Foley & Lardner LLP, Isthmus

The Playhouse at Overture Center
201 State Street, Madison, WI