Man in a Case
February 21 – March 24, 2013
Adapted from Two Stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted and Directed by Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar/Big Dance Theater
Choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov
Read Chekhov’s The Man in a Case and About Love
In Chekhov’s brilliant tale of humor and despair, a pair of hunters talk late into the night. They share stories: one of an officious, anti-social man and his involvement with an aggressively extroverted woman. The second, a tale of moral ambiguity in which the protagonist forgoes his love for a married woman. Though seemingly different, both are tales of fear trumping the pursuit of life’s most promising possibilities. Drawing from material as varied as surveillance footage, folk dance, instructional hunting videos, and interviews with the cast, MAN IN A CASE creates a bridge between our time and that of these two 19th-century anti-love stories. Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar, the team behind the internationally acclaimed Big Dance Theater, bring their signature style–fusing theater, dance, music and video–to this world premiere adaptation.
Mikhail Baryshnikov with Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, and Aaron Mattocks.
Man in a Case is produced by Baryshnikov Productions in association with ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann.
Man in a Case and About Love PDF/Kindle/ePub on Project Gutenberg (free)
The New York Times Profiles Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar
Video: An Interview with Mikhail Baryshnikov at Lincoln Center
Photos: Gallery from In Paris featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov at Lincoln Center
Video: Big Dance Theater perform “Supernatural Wife”
Video: Big Dance Theater perform “Comme Toujours Here I Stand”
Mikhail Baryshnikov Videos on YouTube
Adaptation & Direction
Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar
Associate Video Designer
Principal production support provided by the Estate of Cynthia Kellogg Barrington