2018 Season

Chekhov’s WARD 6

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adapted by Gary Graves
Oct 13–Nov 11

World Premiere #61: a Central Works Method Play

A classic tale of madness, alienation, and moral responsibility.

Written in 1892, Chekhov’s story is set in a shoddy provincial hospital in the remote backwoods of the Russian countryside.  Within the hospital, there is a special ward for the mentally insane, Ward 6.

Dr. Andrei Ragin is the director of the hospital, and the story concerns a strange friendship that develops between the doctor and Ivan, a remarkable inmate he encounters in the mental ward.  Ivan suffers from “persecution mania.”  But he opens the doctor’s eyes, and his heart, to the suffering and corruption going on all about.

Others in the hospital, however, begin to regard the budding friendship between Dr. Ragin and his newfound friend as an alarming development. And they undertake a radical course of treatment.

 

Production Sponsor: Erica Nietfeld

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30-$38
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $38–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Oct 11
8pm
Preview
PWYC
12
8pm
Preview
PWYC
13
8pm
Opening
14
5pm
Talkback
18
8pm
PWYC
19
8pm
20
8pm
21
5pm
25
8pm
PWYC
26
8pm
27
8pm
28
5pm
Nov 1
8pm
PWYC
2
8pm
3
8pm
4
5pm
Talkback
8
8pm
PWYC
9
8pm
10
8pm
11
5pm

Running Time

85 minutes with no intermission

ENSEMBLE:
Ed Berkeley
Richard Frederick (member AEA)
Carolina Morones

Adam Roy
Louel Señores
Don Wood

Stage management: Alandra Hileman
Costume design: Tammy Berlin
Lighting design: Gary Graves
Prop design: Debbie Shelley
Sound design: Gregory Scharpen

Chekhov’s WARD 6 is a Central Works Method Play, developed in collaboration with Ed Berkeley, Richard Frederick, Carolina Morones, Adam Roy, Louel Señores, Don Wood and Jan Zvaifler

Ivan, an inmate of WARD 6, suffers from
“Persecution Mania.”  But does he really deserve
to be committed any more than anyone else?

Photo by J. Norrena

In Chekhov’s Ward 6, Ivan (played by Ed Berkeley) wants to know who should be committed – him, or his doctor, Andrei Ragin.

Photo by J. Norrena

Ed Berkeley plays Ivan in Gary Graves’ adaptation,
Chekhov’s Ward 6 – is he a patient – or an inmate?  And why?

Photo by J. Norrena

All photos: ACT OUT Photography

Ed Berkeley in the role of Ivan, an inmate of WARD 6; is he a patient…or a prophet?

Photo by J. Norrena

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Anton Chekhov by Osip Braz

Read the original story here!