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News Philly's Pig Iron to Give Chekhov Lizardbrain Its World Premiere March 28 Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia presents the world premiere of Chekhov Lizardbrain, "a comic meditation on our deepest impulses and contemporary neuroscience's hold on our imaginations," March 28-April 15.

The work is "based on the 'Three Brain' theory of Paul D. MacLean, with a tip of its hat to doctor/playwright Anton Chekhov and autistic author/slaughterhouse-designer Temple Grandin," according to Pig Iron.

Dan Rothenberg directs a cast that includes Quinn Bauriedel, Dito van Reigersberg, Geoff Sobelle and James Sugg.

"The setting is part laboratory and part vaudeville theatre, and the performance careens between trancelike dances, perception experiments, and full-throttle hilarity," Pig Iron notes explain. Pig Iron's four-man performance is also very loosely based on Chekhov's Three Sisters. Pig Iron pulls from the Russian doctor's stories of social convention and territorial struggle in this "decidedly 21st-century update of Chekhov's quest to unravel the absurdities of human behavior."

Hungarian artist-designer Anna Kiraly designs the set. Lighting design is by James Clotfelter. Nick Kourtides designed the sound, and Olivera Gajic designed the costumes. Robert Quillen Camp created the text in collaboration with the cast.

Performances will play The Latvian Society, 7th and Spring Garden Streets, in Philadelphia. Tickets are $20-$30 and can be purchased through the Pig Iron box office at (215) 627-1883 or online at


Pig Iron Theatre Company, founded in 1995, is known for its physical precision, lyrical writing, and exuberant productions, which have earned them 36 Barrymore Award nominations in the past eight years; five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; a Total Theatre Award at the Edinburgh Fringe; and an Obie Award.

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