Apr 03 - 07, 2013

In a politically charged, haunting meditation on theatre and the revolutionary impulse, Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón’s 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. This satirical yet intense performance savagely examines the relationship between theatre and historical context. "The eighty minutes of Neva come at you with the shock that comes when poetry and politics walk hand in hand. Neva knows that laughter is good for the soul, but horror is better" (Stage and Cinema).

“Reminds us just how powerful a work of art can be.”-Magazine Artez


A playwright and director based in Santiago, Chile, Guillermo Calderón has written and directed several international hits. His productions have been presented in 25 countries and festivals, including the Wiener Festwochen, Under the Radar Festival in New York City, Seoul Performing Arts Festival, Chekhov Festival in Moscow and the Edinburgh International Festival. He studied theatre at the New School and Dell´Arte School of Physical Theater. Calderón attended the Royal Court Theatre International Playwrighting Residency in 2009.

Founded by Joseph Papp as The Shakespeare Workshop and now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, The Public is an American theatre in which all the country’s voices, rhythms and cultures converge. The Public Theater has won 42 Tony Awards, 149 Obies, 40 Drama Desk Awards, 24 Lucille Lortel Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. In 2005, The Public Theater received a special Drama Desk Award in celebration of its 50th anniversary.


Olga Knipper Bianca Amato
Masha Quincy Tyler Bernstine
Aleko Luke Robertson


Written & Directed by Guillermo Calderón
Translated by Andrea Thome
Production Stage Manager Buzz Cohen
Costume Designer Susan Hilferty
Music by Tomas Gonzalez
Fight Director Thomas Schall
Stage Manager & Fight Captain Matthew Kurtis Lutz


  • Location: The Jackie Liebergott Black Box at the Emerson/Paramount Center
  • Created by: Culture Clash
  • Credits: Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Sigüenza
  • Ages: 18+. For mature audiences only.
  • Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission