"Guillermo Calderon is an authentic genius of the theater . . . you can't say you've heard or seen any of it before, which may make you want to hear and see it again."--The New Yorker
"Neva's neobrutalist punch demonstrates . . . the enduring power of art."--Time Out New York
"Brilliant and provocative."--TheatreMania
"A lovely, disturbing drama . . . Calderon's drama is Chekhovian in the best sense."--The Village Voice
This politically charged, haunting yet humorous meditation on theater and the revolutionary impulse tells the story of three actors, including Anton Chekhov's widow, who gather to rehearse scenes from The Cherry Orchard as Russia faces an impending revolution. A savage examination of the relationship between theater and historical context, Neva is the author's first play, which he directed for its English language premiere at the Public Theater in New York City.
Guillermo Calderon is Chile's foremost contemporary theater artist. His plays include Diciembre (December), Clase (Class), Villa, Discurso (Speech), Quake, and Escuela (School), and his productions have toured extensively through South America and Europe. His co-written screenplay Violeta won the World Cinema Jury Prize for Drama at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and other awards include Best Play of the Year (Art Critics Circle of Chile), three Chilean Altazor Awards for Best Playwright and Best Director, and the 2010 Bank of Scotland Angel Award (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).
About the Author
Guillermo Calderon (Director, Playwright) is Chile's foremost contemporary theatre artist. His plays include Neva, Diciembre (December), Clase (Class), Villa, Discurso (Speech), Quake and Escuela (School). Calderon's productions have toured extensively through South America and Europe. Festival stops have included Buenos Aires International Theatre Festival, Chekhov Festival (Russia), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Festival dAutomne (France), Santiago A Mil (Chile), Seoul Performing Arts Festival (Korea), TeatroStageFest (NYC), TEATERFORMEN Festival (Germany), Wiener Festwochen (Austria), World Theatre Festival (Belgium), The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival (NYC), and RADAR L.A. He has been commissioned by the Schauspiel Duesseldorf (Germany), the Royal Court Theater (England) and Foundation Santiago A Mil (Chile). Villa and Speech were published in Theater Magazine (Yale) in Spring, 2013. Neva received its English Language Premiere at The Public Theater in March and its West Coast premiere at Center Theatre Group, in co-production with South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse, in June. He is currently working on a commission from the Royal Court Theater.