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Jay Scheib & Co.

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Friday, October 4, 2013
- | Elebash Recital Hall

Platonov, or the Disinherited

Photo by Josh Higgason

3D model by Josh Higgason of scenic design for Platonov, or the Disinherited

Jay Scheib’s Platonov, or the Disinherited is a new, live cinema adaptation of Chekhov’s first full-length play. Platonov chronicles an emotionally bankrupt society of anti-heroes who are less heroically also losing their loves, their homes and perhaps, their humanity as well! It is journey with a sense of humor first and foremost that races into the dark hearts of ecstasy, loyalty, selflessness, money, and pride—it’s a play about falling in and out of love and losing ones way in the world. Staged as a site-specific, live cinema performance that mixes freely the experience of Shakespeare in the park with the nostalgia of the drive-in movie—simultaneously a play on a stage and a film broadcast to a theater near you.

Collaborating Artists: Stage Design: Josh Higgason and Jay Scheib; Sound Design: Anouschka Trocker; Video Design: Josh Higgason; Costumes: Laine Rettmer and Alba Clemente; Associate Director: Laine Rettmer; Assistant Director: Tara Amadinejad; with performances by Judy Bauerlein, Todd Blakesley, Sarita Choudhury, Mikeah Jennings, Jon Morris, Virginia Newcomb, Ayesha Ngaujah, Laine Rettmer, Jay Scheib, Natalie Thomas, and Tony Torn; Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O Kriegsmann in association with Jay Scheib & Co.

About Jay Scheib: Jay Scheib is an international stage director, designer and author of plays, operas, ballets, and hybrid performance-driven live art events. Winner of both the Guggenheim Fellowship and an Obie Award for the Direction of his stage adaptation, World of Wires, Scheib’s works continue to garner rave reviews and accolades internationally. Having topped Time Out New York’s listing of the Top Ten New York City Theater Directors in 2009, Scheib’s recent staging of Thomas Adès’ opera Powder her Face for New York City Opera at BAM was called “dazzling,” by Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times. In addition to staging productions for National Theaters in Europe and Asia, Scheib is also a Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his research focuses on the continued development of genre-defying performances and the deep integration of new (and used) technologies for the stage. Working with a regular roster of collaborators, Scheib’s direction of Jay Scheib & Co. has garnered an international reputation for physically daring and emotionally charged adaptations of both classic and maverick texts.

Upcoming for Platonov, or the Disinherited: La Jolla Playhouse, Without Walls Festival, La Jolla CA — October 3 – 13, 2013; The Kitchen — January 9 – 25, 2014