Rachel Chavkin recently won a Drama Desk Award and is nominated for a Tony for her work on Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and while she certainly has reason to celebrate, the director already has her eye on myriad future projects.
Chavkin has been working on Hadestown since it closed at New York Theatre workshop in July 2016, and it will play the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta beginning November 16 with significant changes. “It’s going through some pretty major work,” Chavkin told Playbill on the red carpet of the Drama Desks. “We’ve added a whole workers’ chorus, which we really actually wanted to do before but could quite fit at NYTW—workers alongside Eurydice working in the vineyards and then workers in [the underworld of] Hadestown.”
“I saw a workshop of it,” interjected Chavkin’s creative partner and Great Comet composer Dave Malloy. “They’re amazing movers, too.”
But before Hadestown’s fall bow, Chavkin directs a reading of Kimber Lee’s to the yellow house at The Lark Theatre June 6 and 7. The play looks at the life of famed impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh.
Malloy and Chavkin are also at work on an adaptation of the epic Moby Dick.