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.
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.
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
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
Elisabeth Vincentelli, NY Times Critic’s Pick ‘21
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Arlekin needs to raise $25,000 by September 30th to bring this season to life!
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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.
(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.”
Artistic Director of Arlekin Players
(zero-G) Lab Video Gallery