June 26 - 30
Written and Directed by Guillermo Calderón
English translation by Andrea Thome
A Co-production with Center Theatre Group and South Coast Repertory
Neva tells the story of Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a dimly lit rehearsal room in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905.
As Olga and two other actors await the rest of the cast, they huddle together, act out scenes from their lives and muse on their art form and love –
while unseen striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime. Guillermo Calderón savagely examines the relationship between
theater and historical context in this tightly crafted piece that allows a palpable terror to creep through the theatre walls.
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Famed Russian playwright Anton Chekov and leading actress of Constantin Stanislavski's legendary Moscow Art Theater Olga Knipper met in 1898 during rehearsals for
his play, The Seagull. Initially collaborators, their relationship grew to encompass friendship, love and eventually marriage. Over the course of numerous
lengthy separations that spanned five years, from 1899 until Chekov’s death in 1904, they kept their connection alive by writing letters to each other almost every day.
Their devoted correspondence has been documented in the book, Dear Writer, Dear Actress: The Love Letters of Anton Chekov and Olga Knipper.
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Chilean-born Guillermo Calderón came of age under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, fueling his belief that theatre serves as more than just a window to
political turmoil. Initially a television and stage actor, Calderón has found success as a director, screenwriter and playwright, winning prizes, critical acclaim,
commissions and residencies since bringing NEVA to life in locations such as Colombia, France, Los Angeles and even the Chekov Festival in Moscow.
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Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre
Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre A 99-seat theatre adjacent to the Mandell Weiss Forum.