Blessed Unrest


Written by: Laura Wickens
Directed by: Jessica Burr
Performed by: Zenzelé Cooper, Anna Kepe, Eunjee Lee, Nick Micozzi, John Peery, Peter Richards, Matthew Sincell, Darrell Stokes, Laura Wickens, Hannah Wilson
Lighting Design by Benjamin C. Tevelow
Costume and Set Design: Anna-Alisa Belous
Video Design: C. Andrew Bauer
Sound Design: Wei Wang
Choreography: Kelly Hayes, Jaimie Van Dyke
Producer: Blessed Unrest, Jessica Burr (Artistic Director) and Matt Opatrny (Managing Director)

A contemporary adaptation of Chekhov’s Ivanov from the original Russian. Nick Ivanov, a man of infinite promise and debt, is torn between his loving wife and the lusty daughter of his creditor. When his vodka swilling, poker playing, gun toting friends insert themselves into the intrigue, Nick gets pushed to the edge. Fiercely comic, electrifying and blatantly romantic, this is Chekhov as you never imagined.

About the Company
Blessed Unrest is committed to producing dynamic, disciplined, and exuberant new works for the stage by training and collaborating as an ensemble of artists, building original pieces, and reconstructing established texts. A 501(c)3 non-profit, experimental theatre company, Blessed Unrest has been generating original plays since 1999.

Project History
In 2004, Blessed Unrest company member and fluent Russian speaker, Laura Wickens became obsessed with Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov. She spent several years translating and adapting the play and in the spring of 2008 Blessed Unrest held a developmental workshop of Wicken’s new script. In May of ’09 the company produced “Nick” at the Interart Theatre.

Blessed Unrest received the 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Play Praise for Blessed Unrest’s Doruntine “…emotional intensity…. sheer originality… delightful surprises.” ~Pamela Newton, Time Out New York

This show ran July 15 at 9:30pm, July 16, 17 & 18 at 7:00pm, July 19 at 5:00pm, 2009

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