Scheib's staging of
Powder her Face at Festival Opéra de Quebec, August 1, 3 and 5, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. (quebec city)
Open studio showing of Platonov, or the Disinherited at the baryshnikov arts center august 23, 2013 (new york city)

Scheib's Chekhov adaptation of Platonov, or the Disinherited premieres as part of the Without Walls Festival, La Jolla Playhouse (press release here)

Suprise project with New York City Opera coming soon....

Platonov, or the Disinherited after the play by Chekhov has its New York City premiere at The Kitchen

Tour Dates:

Platonov or the Disinherited is generously supported in part by a grant from the MAP FUND.

Mixing multimedia with deadpan-cool (and very sexy) actors, Scheib is forging new ways of seeing drama. - Time Out New York

Jay Scheib’s world premiere of WORLD OF WIRES played a sold-out, three week engagement at The Kitchen in New York City. Garnering an array of rave and insightful reviews, interviews and preview articles World of Wires is the final installment of Jay Scheib's Simulated Cities / Simulated System performance trilogy— read David Cote's review in Time Out New York; AndrewAndrew's insta-review Papermag; Ben Brantley's review in the New York Times; Alex Zafiris' interview in BOMB; Scott Macauly's interview in Filmmaker Magazine; and Carmen García Durazo's review in Guernica among others — and the critical discussions continue—Scott Brown's write-up in New York Magazine and Ben Brantley's essay in the Arts Beat Blog on New Media in the Theater for the New York Times.

(Short Bio)

A 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow and 2012 Obie Winner for Direction, Jay Scheib is an acclaimed writer, director and designer of plays, operas, and live art installations. Scheib's recent works include Thomas Adès' opera Powder her Face with New York City Opera at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Scheib's Fassbinder adaptation World of Wires which premiered at The Kitchen (NY) followed by performances in Boston, Krakow, Nantes and Paris; a multimedia staging of Evan Ziporyn's new opera A House in Bali was presented in BAM's 2010 Next Wave Festival in New York City, and at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston; Other works include Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at The Kitchen followed by performances at the Maison des Arts Creteil (MAC) Exit Festival in Paris; Bertolt Brecht's Puntila und Sein Knecht Matti at Theater Augsburg, and Beethoven's Fidelio at Saarlandisches Staatstheater. Scheib is a Professor for Music and Theater Arts at MIT, and has been a regular guest professor at both the Norwegian Theater Academy and The Mozarteum Institute for Acting and Directing in Salzburg.

(Longer Bio)

2011 Guggenheim Fellow and 2012 Obie Winner for Direction of World of Wires, Jay Scheib is a director, designer and author of plays, operas and live art events. Internationally known for works of daring physicality, genre-defying performances and deep integration of new technologies, Scheib’s recent productions include his live cinema performance "Platonov, or the Disinherited,"which premiered at La Jolla Playhouse and was followed by performances at The Kitchen. Other recent productions include the New York City Opera season opener Powder her Face by Thomas Adès at Brooklyn Academy of Music which Anthony Tomassini of the New York Times called "Dazzling," and Fassbinder's controversial Garbage, the City, and Death in Oslo. Other recent works include World of Wires, the final installment of his science vs. fiction trilogy Simulated Cities/Simulated Systems which premiered at the Ktichen followed by performances as part of Festival d'Automne in Paris at Maison des Arts Créteil and in Nantes at Lieu Unique. Other international works include a collaboration with choreographer Yin Mei and the Hong Kong Dance Company on a new ballet titled the Seven Sages, which premiered in Hong Kong in March 2012 and Scheib's adaptation of Samuel R. Delany's Dhalgren titled Bellona, Destroyer of Cities, which played the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Maison des Arts, Creteil, France after its Kitchen run. Other recent works include Evan Ziporyn’s A House in Bali, presented as part of BAM’s Next Wave Festival 2010; a new staging of Beethoven's Fidelio at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken; Brecht's Puntila und sein Knecht Matti at Theater Augsburg; This Place is a Desert (ICA/Boston, Under the Radar Festival/Public Theater); and Addicted to Bad Ideas, Peter Lorre’s 20th Century, which played at Spoleto Festival, Urban Festival Helsinki, Luminato Festival Toronto, Peak Performances Montclair, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and more. Other works include the world premiere of Irene Popovic’s opera Mozart Luster Lustik at the Sava Center, Belgrade, Serbia; Lothar Trolle's Ein Vormittag in der Freitheit at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin; a new staging of the Novoflot science fiction opera saga Kommander Kobayashi in Saarbruecken, Germany; and Untitled Mars (This Title May Change) at Performance Space 122 in New York and at the State Theater in Budapest, Hungary. Listed Best New York Theater Director by Time Out New York in 2009, and named by American Theater Magazine as one of the 25 theater artists who will shape the next 25 years of American theater, Scheib is a recipient of the Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, and the NEA/TCG Program for Directors. He is a regular guest professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and is Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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World of Wires, after the SciFi TV Series by Fassbinder
Premieres January 6, 2012 at The Kitchen (World of Wires Press Release Here)

In development is a trilogy of hybrid performance works under the banner, Simulated Cities / Simulated Systems. All three have been developed In residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Untitled Mars (This Title May Change) premiered at Performance Space 122 (April 2008) in New York followed by performances at the Hungarian National Theater, Budapest; Bellona Destroyer of Cities played a sold out run at The Kitchen (April 2010) and was presented as part of the Maison des Arts Cretéil (MAC) Exit Festival in Paris followed by a run at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, (May 2011) ; Part 3, World of Wires will premiere at The Kitchen January 6, 2012. Envisioned as an ongoing series of collaborations across disciplines, Simulated Cities / Simulated Systems flows an exchange of ideas with aerospace and astronautics, architecture and conceptual civil engineering, computer science and artificial intelligence.

(More Information Here) (Bellona, Destroyer of Cities Here)

World of Wires
The Kitchen NYC / ICA Boston / plus

Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Germany

A House in Bali
Cal Performances / BAM Next Wave Festival

Bellona, Destroyer of Cities
The Kitchen NYC / ICA Boston / Maison des Arts Creteil
(MAC Exit Festival)

Puntila und sein Knecht Matti
Theater Augsburg, Germany

Addicted to Bad Ideas, Peter Lorre's 20th Century
Peak Performances / UTR Webster Hall / Spoleto Festival USA

Untitled Mars (This Title May Change)
PS122 / National Theater Budapest

This Place is a Desert,
ICA Boston / UTR Public Theater

The Power of Darkness
TRAFO Budapest

Draußen tobt die Dunkelziffer
Mozarteum, Salzburg

Mozart Luster Lustik
Sava Center, Belgrade

Chashama, NYC

Reading at ICA Boston

World of Wires
The Kitchen (2012)

Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Germany (2011)

Women Dreamt Horses
Performance Space 122, NYC


All Good Everything Good
with Margareth Kammerer

Kommander Kobayashi
Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Germany

Our Town
MIT, Cambridge MA

Loeb Drama Center, Harvard

The Demolition Downlown
MIT, Cambridge MA

The Making of Americans
The Walker Art Center, Mpls (PDF)

The Vomit Talk of Ghosts
The Flea Theater, NYC

West Pier
Ohio Theater, NYC

The Medea

Falling and Waving
Arts at St. Ann's, Brooklyn NY

The War Plays
Mozarteum, Salzburg


Contact Jay Scheib:

Producer of Simulated Cities / Simulated Systems
Tanya Selvaratnam, 1.917. 754.4179

Worldwide Tour Representation:
(Untitled Mars, Addicted to Bad Ideas,and Bellona)
Thomas O. Kriegsmann, President
ArKtype, P.O. Box 1948; New York, NY 10027, 1.917.386.5468

for A House in Bali:
Kenny Savelson
, Executive Director
Bang on a Can, 80 Hanson Place, Suite 701
Brooklyn, NY 11217 USA, tel: +1 718.852.7755
fx: +1 718.852.7732,

Jay Scheib,, 1.917.612.2137