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The Chekhov Project


Joe's Pub

January 5

Running Time: 90 minutes 

Members and Partners: $20
Full: $25 + fees

Photo: courtesy of the artist  

ASTROV’S LOUNGE: MUSIC FROM THE CHEKHOV PROJECT re-assembles the musicians of The Chekhov Project. Each summer, for one week, theater directors Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman open their Rockland County New York home to a grand experiment: A group of sixty, all professional theater-makers and musicians, gather in the house, yard and neighborhood to explore and explode a Chekhov play. The cramped garage, known as “Astrov’s Lounge,” becomes home to the eclectic group of musicians who respond to the work generating original songs and soundscapes for each performance. ‘Astrov’s Lounge: Music from The Chekhov Project’ re-collects these musicians for a multifarious musical set inspired by the rhythms of Chekhov’s words and folks.

Also part of the Under the Radar Festival
Watch The Chekhov Project's film, I AM A SEAGULL. The documentary follows a community of actors in their frenzied and loving attempt to stage a Chekhov play in their house, yard and neighborhood.

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Support for the DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) provided by Jerome Foundation. Support for UNDER THE RADAR provided by Select Equity FoundationVirginia & Timothy Millhiser, and The W Trust. Season support provided by the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater’s year-round activities.

Created by Melissa Kievman and Brian Mertes 

Music by Chekhov Project

Musicians: Saskia Lane, Alex Harvey, Lila Blue, Damon Daunno, Lucas Papaelias, Phil Roebuck, Phoenix Roebuck, Ashley Frith, Gabe Ebert, Elvy Yost, Glen Berger, Gayle Rankin, Annie Baker, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Didi O'Connell, Elena Moon Park, Vicky Finney, Simone Allen, Jenny Ikeda, Keshav Moodliar, Mauricio Salgado, Whitney White, Daniel Kluger, Marc Osterer, Dan Butler, Wendy vanden Heuvel, Jason Candler and more.