Surveillance cameras, instructional videos, and the verbatim text of turkey hunters coalesce with Chekhov in Big Dance Theater’s Man in a Case. In two short stories (“Man in a Case” and “About Love”) the audience follows two of Anton Chekhov’s protagonists, embodied here by world renowned performer, Mikhail Baryshnikov, in collaboration with Big Dance veteran performers and designers. Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar bring their signature style of theater, dance, music, and video to the world premiere adaptation of these two anti-love stories.

March 1, 2013 | Hartford Stage

Adapted from Two Short Stories by Anton Chekhov
Adapted and Directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar / Big Dance Theater

Featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jess Barbagallo, Tymberly Canale, Chris Giarmo, and Aaron Mattocks

Choreography by Annie-B Parson
Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton
Set Design by Peter Ksander
Costume Design by Oana Botez
Sound Design by Tei Blow
Video Design by Jeff Larson

Produced by Baryshnikov Productions in Association with ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann

May 15 – 18, 2014
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, IL

April 24 – May 10, 2014
Broad Stage
Santa Monica, CA

February 25 – March 2, 2014
Boston, MA

January 25 – February 16, 2014
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Berkeley, CA

December 5 – 22, 2013
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Washington, D.C.

February 21 – March 24, 2013
Hartford Stage
Hartford, CT

“Luminous…there are so many elements of pure pleasure emanating from the stage that it’s hard to know where to focus one’s eyes or ears.”  – San Francisco Chronicle


“A visually arresting performance piece. There’s a depth of commitment and precision…that imbues it with a mesmerizing beauty.” Washington Post

Man in a Case was commissioned and premiered by Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT (Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director; Michael Stotts, Managing Director), premiering March 1, 2013.