Writer, director, designer of plays, operas and installations and winner of a 2012 Obie, Jay Scheib, an associate professor of theater arts, has been awarded a MAP Fund grant to support a production of "Platonov, or the "Disinherited." This site-specific motion-portrait of a society on the brink of foreclosure will be staged in two unique environments: An outdoor presentation in a vacant lot converted into a makeshift drive-in movie theater in partnership with La Jolla Playhouse in fall 2013, and an indoor theater performance event at The Kitchen in January 2014.
"Platonov, or the Disinherited" is Jay Scheib and Company’s remix of the traditions of Shakespeare-in-the-park, the ribald nostalgia of the drive-in movie and recent design experiments in environmentally sustainable and affordable housing to present a live-cinema performance based on Anton Chekhov's unfinished, first full-length play.
The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or "the other," be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.