A project to merge theater, cinematography, and video games to create a new form of performance in one virtual space.
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.”
Artistic Director of Arlekin Players
(zero-G) Lab Video Gallery
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.