Chekhov's First Play

A Dead Centre production


$25–59 ($25–65 inclusive of service fees) 70 minutes

Oct 19, 2022 – Nov 6, 2022


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In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


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


“A pure theatrical thrill ride”—THE GUARDIAN

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

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

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 Obie award-winning Irish contemporary theatre company Dead Centre has deconstructed Chekhov's earliest text into an explosive and stirring work—a “wildly playful piece about the elusiveness of meaning” (The Guardian)—that has dazzled audiences around the world. Don’t miss one of Ireland’s most innovative theatre companies in their long awaited return to New York City, following previous runs at BAM and Abrons Arts Center.



Wed | 7:30pm 
Thu-Fri* | 8pm (8:30pm Thursday, Oct 20)
Sat | 2pm and 8pm
Sun | 2pm (opening reception, Sun Oct 23, 5pm)

Wed-Thu | Access $25 / regular $41 (+$6 fee) / premium $55 (+ $6 fee) 
Fri-Sun | Access $25 / regular $46 (+$6 fee) / premium $65 (+ $6 fee)

Please note: this play is experienced through headphones, which are provided at each seat. The sets do not interfere with the use of hearing devices.

*Stick around post-show on Friday, October 29 for traditional music in the café!

Alexandra Conlon
Tara Egan-Langley
Daniel Reardon
Paul Reid
Dylan Tighe
Ali White
Carey Urban (understudy)
Joey Shaw (understudy)

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

U.S. production credits
Production stage manager (U.S., Actors' Equity): Sam Shapiro
Assistant stage manager (U.S., Actors' Equity): Jacob Russell
Producer (Ireland): Cally Shine
Production manager (Ireland): Anthony Hanley
Tour re-lighter (Ireland): Gavin Kennedy
Costume/prosthetics (Ireland): Ellen Kirk
Stage manager (Ireland): Olivia Drennan
Senior stage technician (Ireland): Eugenia Genunchi
Stage carpenter (Ireland): Joe McNicholas
Sound engineer (Ireland): Eoin Gleeson
Assistant stage manager (Ireland): Nora Kelly Lester
Assistant stage manager (Ireland): Alannah O'Leary Murray
Head electrician: Saul Ulerio
Electricians: Nicole Malancea, Sarazina Stein, Liam Smith, Corbin Lenard
Carpenters: Michael Harbeck, Thomas Short, Nicholas Santasier, Kaycie Sweeney, Rebecca Bickley, Jarod Bakum
Sound crew: Ryan Mackstaller, Daniel Soto, Jamie Macomber
Assistant wardrobe manager: Kathe Mull



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

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Tourism Ireland; the Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Arnhold Foundation; the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; Northern Ireland Bureau; Invest NI; CIE Tours International; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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