Times Square Arts Presents Jay Scheib’s Live Film Adaptation of Chekhov’s Platonov

Jay Scheib, The Disinherited. Photography by Jim Carmody.

Director Jay Scheib’s The Disinherited is a real-time feature film adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first full-length play, Platonov, presented by Times Square Arts and ArKtype for three free screenings at AMC Empire 25 on January 8, 15, and 22. Screenings start at 8 pm, and the show’s running time is 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Jay Scheib shoots the live theater performance from the stage at The Kitchen, and the film is edited in real time and simulcast to AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Scheib operates cameras on stage, visible to the audience, and the performance is simultaneously realized as both a live play and feature film.

Platonov chronicles an emotionally bankrupt society of anti-heroes who are, less heroically, losing their loves, homes, and perhaps even their humanity. Scheib describes Platonov as “a play about young men and women who could have just gone to bed and continued along in their semi-prosperous yet semi-boring lives, even happily, but instead stayed up, got more drunk and chose a destruction they know somehow was coming anyway.”

The Disinherited stars Tony Torn, Sarita Choudhury, Rosalie Lowe, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Jon Morris, Virginia Newcomb, Ayesha Jordan, and Laine Rettmer.

Screenings are free and open to the public, but advanced RSVP is required.
Free tickets can be reserved here: www.timessquarenyc.org/disinherited.

Times Square Arts collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. This program is made possible by generous support from ArtPlace America and NEA ArtWorks.