UV Theater/Ragdale 2018

Hello friends -- 

I'm delighted to announce that The UV Theater Project is embarking on its 4th annual site-specific/Ragdale Foundation performance!

This year we will perform Anton Chekhov's THREE SISTERS as the culmination of an artist residency at Ragdale, with performances June 21, 22, and 23.  

This production will be the fourth of the four Chekhov masterworks performed by the UV Theater Project at Ragdale. 

And we need YOUR help to make it happen! 

Generous contributions have made our work possible in the past, and we humbly ask if you can help make our work possible this summer. 

We're conducting a 40-day fundraising campaign to complete the financing for our THREE SISTERS residency/performance.  We thank you in advance for your support!  Our goal is to raise $4000 in 40 days. 

$4000 by June 16! 



The UV Theater Project is a theater company of accomplished theater artists that creates unconventionally staged performances of canonical plays.  We've started with our number one guy, Anton Chekhov.

Three years ago, a group of us got together to do a reading of Anton Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA over vodka and cheese. We had so much fun we decided to have a Vanya party – inviting friends over as we read UNCLE VANYA (again over Vodka and Cheese) – weaving the performance in and around them.  It was exciting and fun and free -- the spontaneous creation of a site-specific Chekhov performance.

Eventually, the Ragdale Foundation found out about our work, and awarded us their "thematic" residency for groups of artists working in collaboration. In August of 2015, we rehearsed and then performed a site-specific performance of VANYA in and around the Ragdale grounds.  The residency was so successful we were invited back the following two years, and performed THE SEAGULL and THE CHERRY ORCHARD in the same site-specific way. 


We've been invited back by Ragdale again! This time -- THREE SISTERS.  As ever, we'll search to find an immediate, dynamic, energized, funny, human, and highly intimate realization of Chekhov's aching, hilarious, paradoxical, and deeply universal writing.  Performances June 21 at 6:30 PM, June 22 at 6:30 PM and June 23 at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM. 


- The UV Theater Project is growing! We've incorporated – we are now officially a theater company, and Not-for-Profit 501(c)(3) organization! We are raising money for THREE SISTERS, but also to build a sustainable Chicagoland summer theater. 

- We've hired a producer: recent Michigan grad, David Francis Newman, who will also perform in THREE SISTERS. 

- Part of the UV mission is to nurture promising young performers who are currently in or have just finished actor training.  Our cast will include superb young alum and student actors from both the University of Michigan and Northwestern University, who will act side by side with renowned and seasoned theater artists. 


We are looking to raise $4000 of the project budget via crowd sourcing (about 25% of this year's budget).  All of the money raised goes directly to expenses. Any money we raise above $4000 will also go directly to production expenses or be saved for future productions. 

Pre-production officially begins June 4, the first week of rehearsal begins June 11, and our residency week June 18, with performances June 21, 22, and 23. 

There are many costs associated with the project.  Actors and the creative team must get paid.  Ragdale, while it highly subsidizes its artists, does charge a residency fee per resident.  And there are, of course, the long list of expenses – scripts, programs, props, etc – associated with any production.

We are EXTREMELY GRATEFUL for your support.  In an age of commercialism, the spirit of Chekhov thanks you too!

You can donate any dollar amount – from $1 to $1,000, or more. 

Please give what you can -- help breathe life into this year's residency and into a new and growing theater company whose main goal is to create vital experiences for our audiences and ourselves.

And by all means, please post our link to social media or forward to someone you think might be interested:


 With your help we believe we can raise $4000 in 40 days!  


A gift of $1 or more gets you thanked in the CHERRY  ORCHARD program. 

A gift of $100-124  will give you admission for two at one of the CHERRY ORCHARD performances.  

A gift of $125-499 or more will give you admission for two at one of the performances, and two complimentary glasses of wine.  

A gift of $500 or more will give you admission for four at one of the performances, plus four complimentary glasses of wine. 

Anyone who donates $100 or more will be quickly contacted and asked if they want to reserve tickets for one of the performances or not. 

Please know that you can contribute without being able to attend the performance.  

We love to share our work with you but of course appreciate your support regardless. So - your support here is not necessarily the price of admission, but instead the loving support of exciting theater being created by a new company. 


This year's artists include: Chike Johnson, Jacqueline Toboni, Richard Henzel, Bill McGough, Priscilla Lindsay, Daniel Cantor, Sam Bell-Gurwitz, Emily Shimskey, Caitlin Cisco, Regan Moro, Gus Schlanbusch, Avery DiUbaldo, Mitch Lerner, Aaron Weinstein, David Francis Newman, David Corlew, Stephanie Guralnick, Sadie Guralnick, Julia Zayas-Melendez. 

Past UV Theater Project artists include JR Sullivan, Mark Montgomery, Rebecca Spence, Demetrios Troy, Janet Urlich Brooks, Elizabeth Ledo, Cheryl Hamada, Cindy Gold, J.J. Phillips, Gary Houston, Corliss Preston, Lee Stark, Caitlin Collins, Jessie Pinnick, Flores Komatsu, Jack Alberts, Elliot Cruz, Sam Rehr, Amelia Hefferon, Daniel Chenard, Gregory Strasser, and Georgia Spears.


Ragdale Foundation: ragdale.org
UV Theater Project website: uvtheaterproject.org
UV Theater Founders: Daniel Cantor (danielcantor.com) and JR Sullivan (http://www.jrsullivan.net/index.html)
fundraising link: https://www.gofundme.com/uv-theaterragdale-2018


General invitations for the performances will be coming soon. 

  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 48 mos
  • Jamil Khoury 
    • $50 
    • 48 mos
  • Claire Winkleblack 
    • $10 
    • 48 mos
  • David Tager 
    • $50 
    • 48 mos
  • Tzveta Kassabova 
    • $30 
    • 48 mos
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Daniel Cantor 
Evanston, IL
Registered nonprofit
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