Drunkle Vanya

Adapted and Created by Lori Wolter Hudson and Originally Produced by Three Day Hangover in NYC. Produced by Heather Whitpan Directed by Lee Liebeskind

photo by Chris Whitpan Photography graphics by Susanna Murley

photo by Chris Whitpan Photography graphics by Susanna Murley

April 10-25th 2015 Performed at The Pinch Bar, located at 3548 14th St. NW the pinch How to get there: 3548 14th St. NW Washington, District of Columbia





About the Show

From Three Day Hangover Production “Oh, the (Cards Against) Humanity!  That’s right, people. Get ready for family game night gone terribly awry when we pair up Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya with “the party game for horrible people.” In this unique and beautifully tragic adaption, we’ll play games, enjoy practical jokes and take shots of all kinds with our favorite angsty Russians! What could be more refreshing than slinging back some chilled vodka with Three Day Hangover’s very own Drunkle Vanya?”

Three Day Hangover

Three Day Hangover is a New York City theater company that produces fresh, unexpected, immersive joyful productions of classic plays in bars.  We tell great stories and celebrate some of the most beautiful language in the world.  We meet our audiences on their turf.  We want our audiences to have a beer and relax.  Then we want them to lean forward and get swept up in a story told in a way they’ve never seen before.  Three Day Hangover was founded in 2013 by Beth Gardiner, David Hudson and Lori Wolter Hudson.  For more information, and to keep up to date on #boozyshakespeare, visit threedayhangover.com.    

Drunkle Vanya Cast Photo

photo by Susanna Murley

THIS SHOW IS 21 and UP ONLY, sorry kiddos! All single tickets to performances are $15.00 in advance or $20 at the door

*no handicap access, so sorry for inconvenience!

Tickets Sold Out Online?  Try your luck at the door 1 hour before showtime.


Karina Hilleard (Vanya) gained a first class BA Honors Degree in Acting for Theatre at Bath SPA – School of Music and Performing Arts in her homeland Great Britain. Local theatre credits include: Chesapeake Shakespeare – Richard II (Duchess of York/1st Lady), Theater Alliance – Wonderful World of Dissocia (Lisa)* Helen Hayes Nomination – Outstanding Lead Actress & Ensemble in a Play – Helen Production, Pinky Swear Productions – Benched (Timby), The Washington Rogues – Agents of Azeroth (Mom). International credits include: Heresies (Leah) – Bristol Old Vic, No Blind Faith (Emma) – Theatre Royal, Anna Christie (Anna) – Full-Tilt, Agamemnon (Clytemnestra) – Hammerpuzzle, Macbeth (Witch) – Bath Shakespeare Festival. Karina is a teaching artist for Shakespeare Theatre Company DC, Educational Theatre Company – Shakespeare In Schools Program VA and Imagination Stage MD. Karina was crowned monologue madness champion 2013 and catch her this summer as the Nurse in PGCounty’s Summer Shakespeare Festival – Romeo & Juliet. www.karinahilleard.com

Rebecca Ellis (Yelena) is originally from Chicago, where she received her BFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University. Since moving to Maryland, Rebecca has appeared on area stages with Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions (Becca, “Rabbit Hole;” Callie, “Stop Kiss”), Pinky Swear Productions (Joan, “Benched”), Rep Stage (Hanna, “A Shayna Maidel”), Quotidian Theatre Company (Chris, “Dancing at Lughnasa”), Bay Theatre Company (She, “Here We Are”), Theatre Hopkins (Gwendolen, “Travesties”) and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company (Ophelia, “Hamlet”; Margery Pinchwife, “The Country Wife”; Celia, “As You Like It”), among others.

Jenna Berk (Sonia) earned a BA in English and Drama from the University of Virginia and a BA (Hons) in Professional Acting from LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Since returning from London, Jenna has worked with many DC theaters, including Folger Theatre, No Rules Theater Company, Taffety Punk, 1st Stage, Flying V Theatre, the National New Play Network at the Kennedy Center, American Century Theater, Brave Spirits Theatre, and Nu Sass. London credits include The Laramie Project, Henry V, The Trojan Women, A View from the Bridge, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Tommy, Vernon God Little, and Nina (devised from the circumstances surrounding the first and second productions of Chekhov’s The Seagull). Jenna will be appearing next as Wendy in Pinky Swear’s Capitol Fringe production of Stephen Spotswood’s The Last Burlesque. www.jennaberk.com 

Rasik Ohal (Alexander) Born and raised in Takoma Park, Rasik Ohal burst on the acting scene at an early age. From his early portrayal of a poor immigrant child to his starring role of Martin the Shoemaker, Rasik Ohal played to packed, although mandatory crowds. After high school he decided to undertake his most grueling and longest running role to date, that of a D.C. bartender. But now he’s back. From appearing on the Wire, to performing Shakespeare outside to standing room only (yes it was raining and no one wanted to sit down cause the seats were wet but it still counts) the journey continues. Please feel free to approach Rasik and ask him just about anything. Just don’t ask him for a mojito, he HATES those!

Bob Manzo is very excited to be working with LiveArtDC. He has previously worked with Flying V (Unplugged and Me and The Devil Blues) and Pointless Theatre (Hugo Ball and Sleeping Beauty). Once a month, you can also see Bob performing improv with The Last Surprise

Lee Liebeskind (Director) is very excited to be working LiveArtDC.  He is one of the artistic directors of The Inkwell, a new play development organization in DC.  He has directed for The Inkwell, Rorschach Theatre, and The Source Festival.  He is a company member of Rorschach Theatre and performed with Forum Theatre, Dog & Pony DC, WSC Avant Bard, Flying V, and various others.  He is a 2 tour Veteran of the National Players and a graduate of Towson Universities Theatre Program.  Many thanks to Heather and the team at LiveArtDC and much love to his hedgehog, Megan.

Katie Bücher (Stage Manager) is new to the area and excited to be working in Unvle Vanya’s bar.  Katie is fairly new to the DC area, after moving here from Arizona where she got here degree in stage management from the University of Arizona.  While in Arizona, she was the stage manager for productions of Maria’s Circular Dance & Trash, and Burning Patience with Borderlands Theater.  She has recently worked on Social Creatures and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot at Single Carrot Theater, Oedipus the King at Lean & Hungry Theater, and Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden and Faberge’s Treasure with Adventure Theater MTC at Hillwood Museum and Gardens.awesome.



Choose your Chekhov: Which take on ‘Uncle Vanya’ is right you?, Washington Post

… its boozy brother Drunkle Vanya plays at The Pinch by way of LiveArtDC (as we said, Chekhov often immediately follows Shakespeare. This vodka-soaked production is a spiritual sequel to last year’s similarly tipsy R+J Starcross’d Deathmatch). – Riley Croghan, DCist

Need a breath, or a shot of vodka? Just for you there’s “Drunkle Vanya,” an interactive game/performance presented by LiveArtDC at the Pinch, a bar in Columbia Heights. – Nelson Pressley, Washington Post

If your thirst is for theater and you want a fun time, drink in Drunkle Vanya.John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theatre Arts

I (and many other people) go to the theater to see what new worlds or experiences will spring from creative imaginations. LiveArtDC’s Drunkle Vanya, now playing at The Pinch bar in Columbia Heights, comes from exactly that place. They aren’t purveying A Play, an artwork full of self-seriousness, but they bring you play, a fun experience to be caught up in…All you need to go is an open heart, a dirty mind, and a desire to play and sing along. Oh, and some Gatorade for the next morning’s hangover. -Alan Katz, DC Theatre Scene