March 1-24, 2019

“There was nothing but land, not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.” - Willa Cather

Playwright Allison Moore developed this adaptation in collaboration with the Illusion Theater. The show debuted on the Illusion Stage in Minneapolis in 2010. In 2012 and 2013 it toured throughout the state of Minnesota, where it delighted many crowds.

Willa Cather’s 1918 novel of the same title is the bold story of 1880’s European immigrants who came to the prairies of Nebraska in an attempt to make their American dreams come true. The story is told through the memories of Ántonia’s childhood friend Jim Burden. After twenty years of living in the East, Jim travels by train back to his small prairie town where he reconnects with Ántonia, the Czech immigrant girl who shaped his understanding of life. The story is wrapped up in an environment of the changing prairie created by the actors, set, and sound.

The 2019 cast of  My Ántonia

The 2019 cast of My Ántonia

The playwright Allison Moore adapted the novel for the stage, and the play graced the Illusion stage back in 2010, where it was met with rave reviews.

“ ...I was pleased that Allison Moore, with the sensitive guidance of director Michael Robins, captured the simple beauty of this timeless, bittersweet story.”

Janet Preus—

“ Stage adaptation captures the best of classic Cather novel”

—Pioneer Press


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My Ántonia On Tour

My Ántonia will tour throughout Nebraska in February before returning to the Illusion stage in March


My Ántonia Book Club

Join professor and Willa Cather scholar Toni McNaron of the University of Minnesota in an enriching workshop and luncheon in honor of the play and the centennial of the novel’s publication.