“WITNESS” - Arlekin Players Theatre and Zero Gravity (zero-G) Lab (VIRTUAL)

Arlekin Players Theatre and Zero Gravity (zero-G) Lab  

Present the World Premiere of  


A bold new documentary theater piece bearing witness to the immigration stories of Jewish people         

Online | Virtual Previews 

Preview Performances: 

December 10 & 12, 2021 at 7:30pm ET 

World Premiere 

December 13, 2021 at 7:30pm ET 


December 10,  2021 through January 23, 2022 

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Where do unwanted people go? 

Arlekin Players, an award-winning, artist-driven theater company rooted in traditions of classical and contemporary Russian theater and dedicated to imaginative storytelling and new forms of theater, is excited to announce the World Premiere of WITNESS,” the newest virtual theater piece from their groundbreaking Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab.         

This bold and complex documentary theater piece bears witness to the migratory experience of Jewish people in the face of antisemitism and will be the first production of Arlekin’s 2021-2022 season.         

“WITNESS” was created through interviews and the use of historic materials, primarily sourced from the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

It has been woven together into a dramatic documentary script by playwright Nana Grinstein (Moscow), with additional writing by dramaturg Blair Cadden and Arlekin’s artistic director and WITNESS director Igor Golyak

The piece is inspired by the journey of the MS St. Louis, which left Hamburg in 1939 with over 900 Jewish people on board and headed to Cuba only to be turned away, leaving the passengers stranded with nowhere to go and no escape. 

“WITNESS” shares these stories through an interactive virtual theater experience at the nexus of film, theater and video games. Set on a boat in the digital space, “WITNESS” includes multiple languages, stunning visuals, intimate stories, and critical moments of live choice by the audience throughout a live, interactive performance that will never be the same twice. 

The creative team includes artistic partners and technical experts collaborating across five countries; the cast features the Arlekin resident acting company with Gene Ravvin in the lead role, joined by a diverse group of voice actors, alongside Boston favorites Lauren Elias, Anne Gottlieb and Nathan Malin.

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