Discovered in a locked box years after Chekhov's death, the play has appeared as Play Without Title, Without Fathers, A Country Scandal, Don Juan in the Russian Manner and as the film "Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano."
Performed under the title Platonov, or The Disinherited, it premieres at the Kitchen Jan. 8 at 8 PM, directed by Jay Scheib. "The Disinherited," a film of the production — edited and broadcast live — is also presented in a free screening at the AMC Empire 25 Cinema Jan. 8, with encore screenings scheduled for Jan. 15 and 22.
The BAM Rose Cinemas at the Brooklyn Academy of Music will feature subsequent screenings Jan. 9-23.
The cast of Chekhov's 20-character play, which "chronicles an emotionally bankrupt society of anti-heroes who are losing their loves, homes and even, in some views, their humanity," according to press notes, features Mikeah Ernest Jennings, Sarita Choudhury and Tony Torn.
"This work is at once a live theatrical performance and a live film," Scheib said in a statement. "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 for over two months. This is live cinema." The work features stage design by Caleb Wertenbaker, sound design by Anouschka Trocker, video design by Josh Higgason, live camera by Jay Scheib and Laine Rettmer and costumes by Alba Clemente.
Scheib's directing work includes A House in Bali, World of Wires and Powder Her Face. The Director of Theater Arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he often integrates multiple video screens into his work and has adapted Samuel R. Delany’s science-fiction novel "Dhalgren" into Bellona, Destroyer of Cities.