The Disinherited was a new live cinema performance adaptation of Anton Chekhov's first full-length play, Platonov, chronicling an emotionally bankrupt society of anti-heroes who are, less heroically, losing their loves, homes and perhaps even their humanity. For this performance, while Director Jay Scheib filmed the live theater performance from the stage at The Kitchen, the film was edited in real time and simulcast to AMC Empire 25. In an unprecedented experiment, the performance was simultaneously realized as both a live play and a feature film, having its debut in Times Square for three showings only.
Scheib calls Platonov "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." Rather than shooting from the back of the theater at The Kitchen, Scheib operated cameras on stage, visible to the audience. "This is a live cinema performance that became a live film. Who doesn't want life to leap from the screen and who doesn't want reality to actually unfold on the stage? Who doesn't want to actually be there? This is not reality television; we rehearsed. Over two months we rehearsed. And so it goes. This is live cinema."
A Jay Scheib & Co. Production produced by ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann
Starring Tony Torn, Sarita Choudhury, Rosalie Lowe, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Jon Morris, Virginia Newcomb, Ayesha Jordan, Laine Rettmer
Video Design and Live Edit by Josh Higgason
Stage Design by Caleb Wertenbaker
Lighting Design by Amith Chandrashaker
Sound Design by Anouschka Trocker
Costumes by Alba Clemente
Stage Manager - Susan Wilson
Associate Director - Laine Rettmer
Assistant Director - Tara Ahmadinejad