The Light in the Piazza Collaborators Lucas and Sher Team on New Three Sisters Starring Kuhn

News   The Light in the Piazza Collaborators Lucas and Sher Team on New Three Sisters Starring Kuhn Judy Kuhn stars in the upcoming Craig Lucas adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters at Seattle's Intiman Theatre directed by the scribe's The Light in the Piazza collaborator Bartlett Sher.

Intiman artistic director Sher stages the new take on the classic work for a June 10-July 9 run. The official opening is June 15 at the Washington state stage.

"There are countless 'faithful' translations and quite a few 'loose' ones. I didn't want to do either," Lucas says of his adaptation. "I wanted to stick as closely to the original as possible without losing the 'actability.'"

Three-time Tony Award nominee Kuhn earned her nods for She Loves Me, Chess and Les Misérables. Her other Broadway credits include Rags, King David, Two Shakespearean Actors and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She also provided the singing voice for the title role in Disney's "Pocahontas."

Kuhn stars in the tale of three sisters who discover love and heartbreak living among a garrison of soldiers as Olga opposite Julie Dretzin (The Sisters Rosensweig) as Masha and Alexandra Tavares (Next Tuesday - WET) as Irina. The company also features Sam Catlin (as Tusenbakh), Jack Clay (Ferapont), Rob Estes (Solyony), Kristin Flanders (Natasha), Jay Goede (Vershinin), A. Bryan Humphrey (Fedotik), Ada McAllister (Anfisa), K. Brian Neel (Rode), Larry Paulsen (Kulygin), Andrew Weems (Andrey) and Michael Winters (Chebutykin).

The design team includes John McDermott (scenic), Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), Stephen Strawbridge (lighting) and Stephen LeGrand (sound). The stage manager is Lisa Ann Chernoff. Lucas (for his book) and Sher (for his direction) each earned a 2005 Tony nomination for the current Broadway musical The Light in the Piazza, based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer with music and lyrics by Adam Guettel. The duo also previously teamed on Singing Forest (at Intiman and at Long Wharf Theatre) and The Dying Gaul (Intiman).

Tickets to Three Sisters at the Intiman, 201 Mercer Street at Seattle Center, can be purchased at (206) 269-1900. For more information on the, visit www.intiman.org.

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