Mainstage » Uncle Vanya and Zombies

By Anton Chekhov and Markus WessendorfUncle Vanya and Zombies
Directed by Markus Wessendorf, UHM Professor of Western Theatre

Society has collapsed, the University of Hawai‘i is a wasteland, and zombies are roaming the island of Oahu after a recent accident on one of the nuclear submarines off Pearl Harbor. To increase their ratings, a major network has turned Kennedy Theatre into a television studio for regular broadcasts of their new reality show "Theatre Masterpieces and Zombies." The contestants on this show not only have to act in a classical play but also to survive its performance to win a flight into a "safe zone" or coupons for food. The major challenge for the contestants is to stay in character and get through the performance alive while fending off zombies released into the arena by the popular host of the show. After the peak ratings of last month's The Tempest and Zombies, the producers have decided to go for a classic example of realism this time, Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (1897).

Tickets and Showtimes

Nov 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8pm
Nov 18 at 2pm
Regular: $24.00
Seniors, Military, UH Faculty/Staff: $22.00
UHAA Members: $15.00
Students: $13.00
UH Manoa Students with Valid ID: $5.00

Super Saver tickets available until Sept 1. Non-Super Saver tickets are available online, at outlets, by phone and at Kennedy Theatre beginning Sept 10. All service fees included in prices.

Book Tickets

Special Performance

American Sign Language Interpreted Performance Saturday, November 17th at 8:00pm

Jenny Blake and Laura Safranski, interpreters

To purchase tickets in the ASL section, please call 956-7655 or go online at, click on Promo code on the left and and enter ZOMBIEASL.

Special Events

Free Pre-Show Chats: Friday, November 9th; Friday, November16th; Saturday, November 17th, all at 6:30pm in the Ernst Lab Theatre
Panel Discussion: The Zombie Renaissance: Hidden Meanings of Pop-Culture Texts Saturday, November 10th at 5:00pm Art Auditorium (UHM)
Post-show Discussion Thursday, November 15th

UHM Student Buy-One-Get-One-Free Night Thursday, November 15th

Book Reading by Kyle William Bishop (American Zombie gothic: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of the Walking Dead in Popular Culture) Thursday November 8th at 3:30pm at Hamilton Library

Book Reading by Storm Stoker (Once Upon a Zombie -- a Zombie Fairy Tale) Sunday, November 18th at 1:00pm

Public Talk by Sarah Wayne Callies (Chekhov and Zombies - a Match Made in Heaven) Saturday, December 8th at 7:00pm on the mainstage


Dead on: Zombiethon Brochure : Complete Information on all Zombie Events!



Information from the Dramaturg about Uncle Vanya and Zombies

Zombie Film Series at the Doris Duke Theatre

Press release

Publicity photos

Production photos

Midweek article, October 31st, 2012

Honolulu Weekly, October 31st, 2012

Honolulu Pulse Review, November 10th, 2012

Hitting the Stage Review, November 13th, 2012

Ka Leo Review, November 16th, 2012

Honolulu Weekly Review, Nov 14, 2012