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


Current experiments

Live and in-person at the Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC) 

and Online, accessible worldwide

June 7 - July 3

Conceived, adapted and directed by Igor Golyak

Based on The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, as translated by Carol Rocamora

With new material by Igor Golyak


Featuring Jessica Hecht as Ranevskaya 

With Juliet Brett, Darya Denisova, Elise Kibler

John McGinty, Nael Nacer, Mark Nelson & Ilia Volok

And Mikhail Baryshnikov as Anton Chekhov & Firs

The Orchard invites us into the fragile world of a family yearning for connection and struggling with the end of their world as they know it. Threatened with foreclosure and the loss of their beloved orchard, they face unstoppable, destructive forces that dismantle their lives like the breaking of a string.

The Orchard is a hybrid piece of theater and can be seen in two formats:


Live, in-person performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center

450 W 37th Street, New York, NY

Live, immersive, interactive experience online — accessible worldwide



Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Times Critic’s Pick ‘21


“We have been in an intense period of experimentation with virtual theater through the two productions we created during the pandemic (State vs Natasha Banina and chekhovOS /an experimental game/).  We were able to reach audiences in over 40 countries which was incredible.  WITNESS is the next step in our exploration, and for this show we are experimenting with a new combination of tools that may have not been used previously in the virtual theater medium.”


Igor Golyak,

Artistic Director of Arlekin Players

(zero-G) Lab Video Gallery

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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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