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disinherited amc Jay Scheib: The Disinherited, AMC Empire 25. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts.

The Disinherited: Live Cinema Performance Event
Adapted and directed by Jay Scheib

January 8, 15, and 22, 2014
AMC Empire 25, 234 West 42nd Street
Screening at 8:00 PM; Running time: 1 hour 40 minutes

The Disinherited is a new live cinema performance adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first full-length play, Platonov, chronicling an emotionally bankrupt society of anti-heroes who are, less  heroically, losing their loves, homes and perhaps even their humanity.  Director Jay Scheib shoots the live theater performance from the stage at The Kitchen, and the film is edited in real time and simulcast to AMC Empire 25.  In an unprecedented experiment, the performance is simultaneously realized as both a live play and a feature film, having its debut in Times Square for three showings only.

Scheib describes Platonov as "a play about young men and women who could have just gone to bed and continued along in their semi-prosperous yet semi-boring lives, even happily, but instead stayed up, got more drunk and chose a destruction they know somehow was coming anyway."  Rather than shooting from the back of the theater at The Kitchen, Scheib operates cameras on stage, visible to the audience.  "This is a live cinema performance that became a live film. Who doesn't want life to leap from the screen and who doesn't want reality to actually unfold on the stage?  Who doesn't want to actually be there?  This is not reality television; we rehearsed. Over two months we rehearsed. And so it goes. This is live cinema."

A Jay Scheib & Co. Production produced by ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann

Starring Tony Torn, Sarita Choudhury, Rosalie Lowe, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Jon Morris, Virginia Newcomb, Ayesha Jordan, Laine Rettmer
Video Design and Live Edit by Josh Higgason
Stage Design by Caleb Wertenbaker
Lighting Design by Amith Chandrashaker
Sound Design by Anouschka Trocker
Costumes by Alba Clemente
Stage Management by Susan Wilson
Associate Director Laine Rettmer
Assistant Direction by Tara Ahmadinejad


Video by Ryan Moritz for @TSqArts

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disinherited film amcJay Scheib: The Disinherited. AMC Empire 25. Photograph by Clint Spaulding for @TSqArts.

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About Jay Scheib

Jay Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. Scheib is a 2011-2012 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2012 OBIE Winner for Best Direction, and is internationally known for works of daring physicality, genre-defying performances and deep integration of new (and used) technologies.  His productions include Thomas Adès' opera Powder Her Face, which played to great acclaim at L'Opéra de Québec in Canada.  Other recent works for the stage have included a new contemporary ballet collaboration with choreographer Yin Mei and the Hong Kong Dance Company titled Seven Sages, which premiered in March 2012; a new staging of Fassbinder's controversial play Garbage, the City and Death, with the Norwegian Theater Academy in Oslo; and Scheib's own original Fassbinder adaptation World of Wires, which premiered at The Kitchen and for which Scheib was awarded a 2012 OBIE Award for Best Direction.

Named Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York in 2009, and one of the 25 theater artists who will shape the next 25 years of American theater by American Theater Magazine, Scheib is a recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, the Richard Sherwood Award, a National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Fellowship, and the Prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.  He is a professor for music and theater arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he directs the Program in Theater Arts.  For more information, please visit his website at www.jayscheib.com


About ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann

A producer of acclaimed international projects and tours, ArKtype’s work has been seen worldwide, including projects with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Yael Farber, Peter Brook, Jay Scheib, Julie Taymor, Yaron Lifschitz, Dmitry Krymov, and Victoria Thiérrée-Chaplin.  Recent premieres include Big Dance Theater & Baryshnikov Productions’ Man In A Case at Hartford Stage and the off-Broadway run of Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s Not By Bread Alone.  Additional projects include Rude Mechs (Austin); Theatre for a New Audience; Soho Rep., Young Vic, Big Dance Theater; Aurélia Thiérrée & Victoria Thiérrée-Chaplin (Paris); Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen; Circa (Brisbane); Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare; T.P.O. (Italy); Erth (Sydney); Sam Green / Yo La Tengo; Joshua Light Show; Alex Waterman & Robert Ashley, Arcane Collective and World/Inferno Friendship Society.  Upcoming premieres include Andrew Ondrejcak’s Feast, Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen’s How To Be A Rock Critic, and Dayna Hanson’s The Clay Duke. More information at www.arktype.org.


About AMC Theatres

AMC Theatres delivers distinctive and affordable movie-going experiences throughout the United States. We run the largest theatres in the country's top markets. AMC operates 25 of the 50 highest grossing theatres in the United States, including four of the top five. AMC has propelled industry innovation and continues today by delivering premium sight and sound, enhanced food and beverage and diverse content to an engaged audience in state-of-the-art buildings.  https://www.amctheatres.com


About The Kitchen

The Kitchen is one of New York City's oldest nonprofit performance and exhibition spaces, showing experimental work by innovative artists, both emerging and established. Programs range from dance, music, and theatrical performances to video and media arts exhibitions to literary events, film screenings, and artists' talks. Since its inception in 1971, The Kitchen has been a powerful force in Shaping the cultural landscape of this country and has helped launch the careers of many artists who have gone on to worldwide prominence.  For more information, please visit www.thekitchen.org