For those who still long for more Chekhov after the past two Anton- saturated New York seasons, the fall line-up at Off-Off-Broadway's Expanded Arts is just what the doctor ordered. The gender-bending folks who gave NYC R & J will take a look at four of Chekhov's five major plays in a festival running Oct. 10-Nov. 7.
Bart Lovins will adapt and direct Uncle Vanya, while Jerry McAllister takes on the same duties for The Cherry Orchard. Taking his cue from Richard Schechner's Three Sisters, McAllister's Orchard will begin at the turn of the 20th century and end in the present.
Jennifer Spahr will adapt and direct The Seagull, setting the play in modern day New York City. Finally, Frank Pisco adapts and directs an interracial Three Sisters, featuring one sibling each of African, Asian and Caucasian descent.
Spahr will also adapt and direct a production of Medea, playing Sept. 6-29. In keeping with the casting instincts at Expanded Arts, a man will play the title role.
For information, call (212) 253-1813. --By Robert Simonson