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Neva, Joseph Papp Public Theater/Anspacher Theater		, NYC Show Poster
Joseph Papp Public Theater/Anspacher Theater

425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

1hr, 15mins
Important Dates
Mar 01, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
Mar 31, 2013
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The Public Theater presents the English language premiere of Guillermo Calderon's drama.


Writer/Director Guillermo Calderon Illustrates How Theater and Politics Clash in <i>Neva</i>


Bianca Amato, Luke Robertson and Quincy Tyler Bernstine in Neva.

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What Is the Story of Neva?
Neva tells the story of Olga Knipper, an actress and the widow of famed Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. She arrives in St. Petersburg to rehearse The Cherry Orchard, meeting two other actors also await the rest of their company. As they pass the time, Knipper and the others muse on art, politics, theater and the revolution brewing right outside their door.

Critics’ Reviews

... brilliant and provocative...

Review by Zachary Stewart from Theatermania

...the three actors playing actors are terrifically good. Bianca Amato is captivating from the opening moments as Olga...

Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Neva Like?
In this haunting production from Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderon, three actors perform on a small, raised platform, surrounded by the audience on three sides. Illuminated only by a single light (which the actors control), the show relies on its dialogue and story rather than copious amounts of props, sets and costumes to impart its themes of the challenge of creating art during a time of violence.

Is Neva Good for Kids?
No. Neva contains adult themes and language, and its dialogue will likely go over the heads of theatergoers of any age unfamiliar with Chekhov.