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A project to merge theater, cinematography, and video games to create a new form of performance in one virtual space.

Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab was created by Boston's Arlekin Players Theatre during the pandemic to serve as an online, cloud-based theater laboratory, live creation space, and performance venue for the emerging virtual theater genre.

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WITNESS

A new virtual theater piece
Based on stories of Jewish migration
Written by Nana Grinstein 
Directed by Igor Golyak 
Dramaturgy by Blair Cadden
Developed by the Arlekin Resident Acting Company

PREVIEWS BEGIN DECEMBER 10  |  WORLD PREMIERE DECEMBER 13

Where do unwanted people go?

A bold and complex new documentary theater piece that bears witness to the migratory experience of Jews throughout history.  Based on interviews of Jewish people around the world by the Arlekin company members, along with historical records and documents, this timely piece will tell a multiplicity of stories of migration, displacement, home and identity.

(zero-G)fest

An international virtual theater festival

from gifted students across the globe

...the future of online productions might be best represented so far by Arlekin Players Theatre…

-The Week in New York

The (zero-G)fest is an international festival of student-created virtual theatre, which will push artistic and technological boundaries as students collaborate across the ocean, language, culture, and time zones. Working at the nexus of theater, video games, film and new media, student-artists will experiment in and develop a new genre.

Created in partnership with BerkleeNYC; The Fourcast Lab, University of Chicago; GITIS (The Russian Academy of Theater Arts; Transmedia Arts Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center Harvard University; and UCLA remap, Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance.

VIRTUAL | ONLINE
WINTER 2022

THE ORCHARD
OFF BROADWAY | NY

An immersive hybrid production for in-person and virtual audiences
A new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
Conceived & directed by Igor Golyak
Featuring Jessica Hecht as Ranevskaya

And what does it mean -- dying? Perhaps man has a hundred senses, and only the five we know are lost at death, while the other ninety-five remain alive.

- Trofimov, The Cherry Orchard

Enter Chekhov’s universe, either in-person or online, and explore a beautiful immersive environment and a strange, fragmented encounter with the characters of The Cherry Orchard. This Off-Broadway adaptation of the play will welcome live audiences as well as virtual participants from around the globe to experience the play, witness the prayers, confessions and dreams of the characters, and make choices that affect what happens next. In this deeply human telling, genres collide and no two performances are exactly the same.

LIVE | IN-PERSON | IMMERSIVE | VIRTUAL
VENUE TO BE REVEALED
NEW YORK | SPRING 2022

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

​“Ingenious”

Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Times Critic’s Pick ‘21

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JOIN OUR SEASON LAUNCH CAMPAIGN!

Arlekin needs to raise $25,000 by September 30th to bring this season to life!

Donate today and help us launch. With your help, the sky is the limit.

We now accept Crypto!

Zero Gravity  is made possible with generous support from producing sponsor .ART, ArtsEmerson, Baryshnikov Arts Center, BroadBand Collaborative, Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, Fooksman Family Foundation, Meghan Coleman, Robin Hanley, ZiphyCare, gifts from Arlekin's Zero Gravity Kickstarter Campaign and Aximmetry Technologies Ltd., the official software provider for Arlekin's Zero Gravity (zero-G) Lab.

 
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(zero-G) Lab Photo Gallery

“In the post-pandemic world, theater is not held back by text, place, time or gravity… Theater has now emancipated itself from the above, and shown survival skills in a space with no air or gravity, in the virtual. We are excited to be one of the first companies to embrace it and launch into the cosmos.”

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Igor Golyak,

Artistic Director of Arlekin Players

(zero-G) Lab Video Gallery