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Off Broadway Production of ‘Three Sisters’ Cast

Anton Chekhov’s play, Three Sisters, is coming to Broadway. The play was originally written in 1900, and it centers on a conflict between illusions and reality, as well as three sisters who aren’t capable of changing their lives, but instead are squandering them in a provincial town. The very first performance of the play took place at the Moscow Art Theater and it is considered one of Chekhov’s best plays. Now, it is being adapted into an off Broadway production by Sam Gold, who will be the director. Clare Barron will be writing the screenplay.

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The actresses who will be portraying the sisters are Quincy Tyler Bernstine, who will be playing Olga, Irina will be played by Lola Kirke, and Greta Gerwig will be portraying Masha. Bernstine is an Obie Award winner, Kirke was in the hit movie based on the novel of the same name, Gone Girl, and Gerwig was just nominated for an Oscar for directing the (Oscar nominated) movie, Little Women. Gerwig isn’t only the award winner on the cast. Oscar Issac, of Star Wars fame, won a Golden Globe, and Steve Buscemi is a Golden Globe and Emmy award winner. Issac will be playing Vershinin, and Buscemi will be portraying Chebutykin.

 

Tony award winner Tony Ramos will be doing the costume design, and Andrew Liberman will be doing the set design, along with Brett J. Banakis. They, with others, will help bring this play to life once again. This will be the third reimagining of this play, and previews for it will begin on May 13, which is ahead of original date of June 1. It will run until July 12. Be sure to get tickets before then!

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Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to Star in Chekhov ‘Three Sisters’

Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac are going to star in a production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.

 

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Written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre, this infamous Chekhov play follows Olgathe twenty-eight-year-old matriarchal figure of the Prozorov family, Masha, the twenty-three-year-old sister and young mother, and Irina, the twenty-year-old sister who is convinced she is an adult and deserves to be treated as such. They are used to living life as a cultural elite, but a storm is on the horizon in the form of a revolution. Where will they land?

A play about family and class upheavals, this play is synonymous with Chekhov as much as Uncle Vanya is.

 

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Which makes it big news when Tony-winning director Sam Gold got both Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac to stay in this Off Broadway production. It isn’t the first time the three are working together, however, since Gold has directed for stars before, albeit in different plays.

Gold directed Gerwig in the 2014 Off Broadway production of The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theater and Isaac in the 2017 Public Theater production of Hamlet, but this production of Chekhov’s play marks the first time all three will be working together.

 

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After collaborating on numerous films by Joe Swanberg, from Hannah Takes the Stairs to Nights and Weekends, working with her partner Noah Baumbach on films from Frances Ha (which got her a Golden Globe nomination) to Mistress America, and being featured in films Maggie’s Plan and Jackie, Gerwig wrote and directed her solo debut Lady Bird.

This won her another Golden Globe and the 2017 Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

 

Oscar Isaac
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Oscar Isaac might be known for performances in films including X-Men: Apocalypse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but he has an extensive stage resume. Among other stage credits, he’s worked on productions for Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and appeared in the Manhattan Theater Club 2011 production of Zoe Kazan’s We Live Here opposite Amy Irving.

 

 

Luckily, Gold is no stranger to directing stars. The Tony Award winning director most recently directed English Actress and former Labour Party politician Glenda Jackson in a production of King Lear.

This announcement was made Tuesday. Reportedly, Three Sister will be one of the two final performances, the other being Endlings by Celine Song, that will round out the New York Theater Workshop’s 2019/20 season.

While there’s no word on who Gerwig and Isaac have been cast, performance schedules and additional casting are expected to be announced soon.

 

 

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‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is Now a Musical!

Exciting news for literature and musical fans! The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd was already critically acclaimed as both a novel and its feature film adaptation starring Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah. The novel was a bestseller on the New York Times’s bestsellers list. The novel itself dealt with weighty emotional issues, including child abuse and trauma. Beautifully written, it deals with its issues with maturity and grace, making for a potentially excellent stage adaptation.

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LaChanze, famed for her role in The Color Purplewill play beekeeper August Boatwright. Other cast members have been announced to be Eisa Davis as June, Manoel Felciano as T-Ray, Lily’s abusive father, Brett Gray as Zach, and Anastacia McCleskey as May. Set to begin previews on May 12th, 2019, the play will begin an off-Broadway show starting in June and eventually is eyeing a Broadway transfer. The play will feature music by Duncan Sheik and will be directed by Sam Gold. Performances will end July 7th but we hope this proves popular enough to get the eyes of Broadway! The show will deal with themes of faith, spirituality, and healing.

We can’t wait to see this book come alive on stage!

 

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