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Not truly knowing what to expect of NEVA at the Public Theatre, we went in with our minds open, something you have to do when going to see anything involving the world of Chekhov. We were hoping to learn something and indeed we did. This preimere of the english translated script took us in from the beginning.  A dark room lit only by one light… and it begins.

In a gorgeously crafted reflection on life, art and the revolutionary impulse, Chilean writer-director Guillermo Calderón’s NEVA 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. Political and human, haunting and fresh, this smart, thrilling and often humorous ensemble work will envelop you just as you least expect it and stir what it means to create art in violent times – [SOURCE]

So thrilled to support BroadwayBlack favorite Quincy Tyler Bernstine. Her performance in this piece was focused and brilliant. Her ability to completely lose herself in this piece and take on the period was enthralling. We are amazed every time we see her on the stage. She is truly a great and we look forward to seeing her again and again. Hopefully she’ll teach a masterclass and let some of her raw talent rub off on others. We’ll keep you up to date on the happenings with Quincy Tyler Bernstine. In the meantime, Please go see NEVA NOW – March 31 at The Public Theatre in NYC.

Quincy Tyler Bernstine and contributor for BroadwayBlack.com Franceli Chapman

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