Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 18, 2010.


Each August, a group of New York actors, designers, musicians gather at Lake Lucille, Rockland County, to explore & explode the works of Anton Chekhov

Each August, a group of New York actors, designers and musicians gather for a week at a 200 year-old house, on Lake Lucille, in Rockland County, 30 miles north of New York City. In 2010, on the edge of this Lake, near the old summer haunts of Charlie Chaplin, Ernie Kovacs, John Houseman, Mae West, Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill, the company will take on Anton Chekhov's first produced play- IVANOV- a wild choreography of shattered dreams, tormented love, and perpetual longing.

With food donated by local farms and with housing and hospitality provided by local residents, the play will be staged by married directors Brian Mertes and Melissa Kievman in an environment designed using artifacts and detritus re-appropriated from the homes and garages of the lake’s 80 neighbors. The retreat week will culminate in a one-time only, site-specific, day long performance event and community potluck barbeque.

Since Chekhov on Lake Lucille started in 2003, we have been documenting the project and the company engaged in this unique process. We now have over 150 hours of film and video to log and digitize. We would like to raise funds to log our existing footage, document the Ivanov week this year, and edit the material, creating a documentary to tell our story and share the project with a larger audience.

Please contribute at ANY level. We've set our goal at $5000 to ensure our success in meeting that but actually need to raise significantly more. Any money collected above our Kickstarter Fundraising goal will go to support the project's future life.

Donations are tax-deductible through Piece By Piece Productions, Inc. a not-for-profit 501c3.

(photo of Bill Irwin and Reg Rogers as Vanya and Astrov in Uncle Vanya on Lake Lucille, 2007)


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    An CD of music from Chekhov at Lake Lucille.

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    A special picnic box of neighbor-made treats to enjoy on the day of the event.

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    A limited edition signed print of a recent work by actor/painter Didi O'Connell.

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    You receive an invitation to a weekday rehearsal dinner with the company.

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    You receive all of the above plus an original painting from Uncle Vanya by actor/artist Didi O'Connell

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