by Guillermo Calderón
translated by Andrea Thom
Feb13 – Mar 3
Neva takes place on Bloody Sunday, 1905, the day when protesting workers were massacred by government forces on their way to the Winter Palace to deliver a message to the czar. In a rehearsal space in St. Petersburg self-dramatizing diva Olga, the recent widow of Anton Chekhov, bemoans her inability to act well any longer, paralyzed by the fear of disappointing others. Only two other actors have managed to show up due to the massacre: the slippery Aleko and the seemingly effacing Masha. They alternately engage in improvised impromptu scenes of heightened emotion, amusing themselves by blurring the distinction between the personal and the staged, finding the genuine in the counterfeit and visa versa, all the while critiquing each other’s artistic choices and moral character. Calderón, using biting humour, ironically questions the purpose and integrity of art in a world gone – and unfortunately, still going – mad.
Adrian Chamberlain-Times Colonist:
“invigorating, provocative and absolutely hilarious”
Janis Lavouvee-I Have My Own Life to Live:
“Neva is a meta-theatrical showcase for actors, a window into the creative psyche and a terrible indictment—combined into a highly intellectual play that entertains, challenges and questions.”
Directed by Clayton Jevne
Starring Melissa Blank, Nicholas Guerreiro and Rosemary Jeffery
Preview: Feb 13 @ 8pm
8 pm: Feb 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 24, 28, Mar 1, 2, 3
2 pm: Feb 17, 24, Mar 3
Reservations and Ticket Sales
Complimentary tickets, special needs seating, and subscribers: need to reserve directly through Theatre Inconnu.
14 regular, $10 seniors (60+) /students/unwaged
Feb 13– Preview is $7
Tuesday Feb 20 is Pay-What-You-Wish admission
The show is about 100 minutes long, including one intermission.
Theatre Inconnu is located at 1923 Fernwood Road (across the street from the Belfry Theatre). For parking we suggest the side streets west of Fernwood Road as these do not have parking restriction signs.