Jessica Hecht, Marin Hinkle and Alicia Goranson are three Russian sisters looking for happiness beyond Moscow in Januz Glowacki's The Fourth Sister, previewing Oct. 31 at the Vineyard Theatre. This U.S premiere, directed by Lisa Peterson (The Batting Cage), will open Nov. 20.
With a knowing wink at Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters and the classic fairy tale Cinderella, Glowacki's Fourth Sister finds three Muscovite sisters yearning for the products of post-Communist Russia with Hollywood-style dreams of freedom in the U.S. Glowacki is the author of Antigone in New York and Hunting Cockroaches.
Hecht starred as Layla in Broadway's Last Night of Ballyhoo and in Off-Broadway's Stop Kiss, The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Lobster Alice. Hinkle, whose Broadway credits include The Tempest, Electra and A Thousand Clowns, was most recently featured on TV's "Once and Again." Goranson, a vet of TV's "Roseanne," also appeared in the films "How to Make an American Quilt" and "Boys Don't Cry." Her stage credits include The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek and Lydie Breeze.
Also in the cast are Bill Buell (Urinetown, Titanic), Suzanne Shepard (Edie Falco's mother on "The Sopranos," "Requiem for a Dream"), Lee Pace (The Credeaux Canvas), Jase Blankfort, Daniel Oreskes, Steven Ratazzi and Louis Tucci.
Designing the show are Rachel Hauck (sets), Mattie Ullrich (costumes), Kevin Adams (lighting) and Jill Duboff (sound). The original score is by Gina Leishman. For ticket information, call (212) 353-0303. The Vineyard is located at 108 E. 15th Street. The Vineyard Theatre is on-line at http://www.vineyardtheatre.org.
— By Christine Ehren