Baryshnikov Arts Center + Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation Co-Present

Arlekin Players Theatre

The Cherry Orchard: A New Media Workshop

February 26, 2021

The latest experiment from Boston’s award-winning company fuses film, theater, and video game technology to create a new medium where viewers interact with the performers. Adapted from Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and drawing from recordings of Chekhov’s letters and dreams, this interactive online theater experience accesses Chekhov’s desktop computer, where viewers discover six of his classic characters living in a virtual space searching for happiness.

The cast of celebrated stage, television, and film actors features Jessica Hecht with Anna Baryshnikov, Darya Denisova, Jeffrey Hayenga, Melanie Moore, Mark Nelson, Nael Nacer, and special guest Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Arlekin Players Theatre’s founder and director Igor Golyak has been a leading innovator of virtual theater since the start of the pandemic. His recent State vs. Natasha Banina was a Critic’s Pick in The New York Times by Maya Phillips who declared “The verdict is in: Zoom can, in fact, be an effective new stage for theater.”

This constitutes the first public sharing of Arlekin's new "proof of concept" for The Cherry Orchard, which is part of a larger project currently in development.

The Cherry Orchard: A New Media Workshop, co-presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center and Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, is made possible with generous additional support from ArtsEmerson, Fooksman Family Foundation, ZiphyCare, BroadBand Collaborative, Meghan Coleman, Robin Hanley, and Aximmetry Technologies Ltd., the official software provider for Arlekin's Zero Gravity Lab.

Leadership support for BAC has been provided by Anonymous, Blavatnik Family Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Estate of James. H. Duffy, The Enoch Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Shubert Foundation, Thompson Family Foundation, Robert and Kathleen Wallace, and Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Lead support of dance programming at BAC is provided by the Rudolf Nureyev Endowment.

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Artist Bio

Arlekin Players Theatre

Arlekin Players Theatre was created in Boston in 2009 and has since toured to New York, Chicago, and Hartford, as well as to international festivals in Russia, Armenia, Ukraine, and Monaco.

Arlekin takes strong pride in their emphasis on self-identity; they are a company of immigrants performing works that play on the ideas of cross-culture, home, and traditions, challenging the idea of nationality, and finding common themes that unite us all. The company makes its home in Needham, MA.

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