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“Chekhov’s Country Comedies”

March 26 - March 28

A streamed production of “Chekov’s Country Comedies” will be presented March 26 – March 28 by the Ripon College Department of Theatre. The production will be presented free of charge via Zoom and feature three great short farces: The Bear, The Reluctant Tragic Hero, and The Proposal, all written by one of the world’s finest playwrights.


“These are plays that I have always wanted to product at Ripon, and the unique qualities of streaming performance gives them new life and focus,” says Professor Kenneth Hill, the Chemerow Chair  in Theatre.


A link for viewing the production on the scheduled dates is available at Although the link refers to seven plays, Ripon is presenting only the three listed ones.


Performers will include:

  • The Bear will be Wil Bridenhagen ’21 of Neenah, Wisconsin; Evan Jensen ’24 of Janesville, Wisconsin; and Mattie Ryback ’22 of New Berlin, Wisconsin.
  • The Reluctant Tragic Hero features Mackenzie Gibson ’24 of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; and Logan Zeinert ’22 of Wittenberg, Wisconsin
  • The Proposal will be performed by Katelyn Dano ’22 of Hubertus, Wisconsin; Maria Reber ’21 of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin; and Billy Stiggers ’22 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


The stage managers are Devon Geisler ’22 of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; Abbe Lane ’22 of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; and Breana Smits ’22 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The assistant stage managers are Grace Luebke ’24 of Ripon, Wisconsin; Ethan Mans ’24 of Ripon, Wisconsin; and Kylie Zenz ’23 of Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The lighting and props crew feature Lanie Kish ’22 of Jefferson, Wisconsin; and Lindsey Wigand ’22 of West Allis, Wisconsin.


Associate Professor of Theatre John Dalziel designed the sets, lighting, and is the technical director. In their final show at Ripon College, retiring Professor of Theatre Kenneth Hill and Visiting Professor of Theatre Susan McDaniel Hill directed and designed the period costumes.


March 26
March 28
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