Chekhov's First Play

A Dead Centre production



Oct 19, 2022 – Nov 6, 2022



Irish Arts Center 
726 11th Avenue 
Hell's Kitchen, NYC


During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov placed many of her late brother Anton’s manuscripts in a safety deposit box. In 1921, Soviet scholars opened the box and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action. Unstageable. Like life.

The thrilling Irish contemporary theatre company Dead Centre has deconstructed the Chekhov text into an explosive and stirring work—a “wildly playful piece about the elusiveness of meaning” (Guardian)—that has dazzled audiences around the world.

“Stand back and watch the theatrical fireworks explode”—THE GUARDIAN

“[A] brilliant endeavour. Riveting to watch.”—IRISH TIMES

“Iconoclastic and joyful ... Returns us to the essence of theatre”—LE MONDE

Co-directors and co-authors: Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Producer: Natalie Hans

Set design: Andrew Clancy
Costume design: Saileóg O’Halloran
Lighting design: Stephen Dodd
Effects and onstage design: Grace O’Hara
Sound design: Jimmy Eadie and Kevin Gleeson
Choreography: Liv O’Donoghue



Presented with generous support from Culture Ireland and Georganne Aldrich Heller.

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