Restless NYC’s This Was the End transforms Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya into a multimedia theatrical installation

Troy, NY — In playwright Anton Chekhov’s canonical work Uncle Vanya, the titular character asks, “What if I live to be 60?” Contemporary dramaturg Mallory Catlett and her troupe Restless NYC have attempted to answer this question with This Was the End, an Obie Award-winning work featuring four actors in their 60s.

The project will now enter a new phase of development at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Working in residence at the center, the group will transform This Was the End into a multimedia theatrical installation. Built around the re-assembled architectural façade of famed New York City performing arts venue Performance Space 122, which functions as both set and projection surface for the new work, the installation in EMPAC Studio 1 incorporates video, light, and sound to present This Was the End in a gallery, as opposed to proscenium, context.

Watch excerpts from This Was the End HERE.

On Monday, March 19, at 7:30PM, Restless NYC’s G. Lucas Crane (also of the psych-rock band Woods) will perform live in the space to activate and open the installation. Then on Tuesday, March 20, between 1 and 5PM the installation will be open to the public. Admission to both events is free.

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The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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