Austin Pendleton, using some of the same players who appeared in his earlier CSC staging of Uncle Vanya, directed the 1900 Russian classic about thwarted dreams of a trio of siblings (and their brother). The production stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton, Jessica Hecht, Marin Ireland, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard, among others.
Although the actors were available to continue beyond the close date, an extension could not be figured out. There were discussions about moving the production to a different venue, or moving the next scheduled CSC production — Double Falsehood written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, adapted for the 18th-century stage by Lewis Theobald, beginning March 11 — to a different site.
Three Sisters got rave reviews following the Feb. 3 opening night, and the run was sold out within 24 hours.
Are Pendleton and CSC artistic director Kulick in conversations about more Chekhov in the intimate 199-seat, three-quarter CSC house?
Kulick told Playbill.com, "It has been immensely meaningful to have so many key CSC artists return to work on Three Sisters and it is indeed our hope to build upon this continuity in playing — and designing — as we continue to explore the works of Chekhov. It is our hope to complete the cycle of Chekhov plays with productions of The Cherry Orchard, Ivanov and Platonov in the coming seasons. Once we've finished this cycle, I see no reason why we won't start over again; these are such extraordinary plays, with equally extraordinary roles for a company of actors to continually reinterpret." Three Sisters also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Anson Mount, Roberta Maxwell, Louis Zorich, George Morfogen, Paul Lazar, Gabriel Bettio and James Patrick Nelson.
The creative team includes set designer Walt Spangler, costume designer Marco Piemontese and lighting designer Keith Parham, with sound design and original music by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery. Hair design is by Paul Huntley.
Three Sisters, the Russian classic about three siblings and their extended family of friends, servants and lovers — all of them aching to find love, purpose and a point to human existence — continues CSC's "Chekhov Initiative" that began with The Seagull, starring Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming, followed by their acclaimed production in 2009 of Uncle Vanya, which featured many of the cast members who appear in Three Sisters.
Double Falsehood will play March 11-April 3.
Now in its 44th year, CSC is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre "committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience." The company is led by artistic director Brian Kulick and executive director Jessica R. Jenen. For more information on Classic Stage Company visit the theatre's website at www.classicstage.org.