Bianca Amato, Quincy Tyler Bernstine and Luke Robertson Star in Public's Neva, About Widow of Chekhov, Beginning March 1

By Andrew Gans
March 1, 2013

The Public Theater's English-language premiere of Neva, written and directed by Guillermo Calderón, begins its limited engagement March 1.

Performances will continue through March 31 in The Public's Anspacher. Opening is March 11.

The cast comprises Bianca Amato (Olga Knipper), Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Masha) and Luke Robertson (Aleko). The production also features costume design by Susan Hilferty.

"In a gorgeously crafted reflection on life, art and the revolutionary impulse, Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón's Neva," according to the Public, "tells the story of Anton Chekhov's widow, the actress Olga Knipper, who arrives in a cold and dimly lit theater in St. Petersburg in the winter of 1905 to rehearse The Cherry Orchard. As she 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 on love — while, unseen, striking workers are being gunned down in the streets by the Tsarist regime during what will be known as bloody Sunday."

Calderón's criticaly acclaimed production, Diciembre, was seen as part of The Public's 2011 Under the Radar Festival.

Single tickets, priced at $55, are on sale at (212) 967-7555,, or in person at The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street.