Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac are going to star in a production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
Written in 1900 and first performed in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre, this infamous Chekhov play follows Olga, the 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.
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.
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 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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