Gyllenhaal, Sarsgaard, Gummer and Hamilton Will Return for Classic Stage Season

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Josh Hamilton will star in Chekhov's Three Sisters during the Classic Stage Company's 2010-2011 season. Plays by Sarah Ruhl, David Ives and an unearthed Shakespeare work are also on the bill.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The New York premiere of Ruhl's Orlando, directed by Rebecca Taichman, will launch the season in September. Adapted from the Virginia Woolf novel, the play, according to CSC, "chronicles the boisterous adventures of Orlando, a young nobleman in Queen Elizabeth’s court who awakes in the middle of his life to discover that he is now a she, and immortal to boot. What ensues is a journey through the less accepting 18th and 19th Centuries where Orlando becomes a wife, mother and finally a witness to the brink of full suffrage for women."

The cast and creative team from CSC's 2009 production of Uncle Vanya, including Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, will return to tackle Three Sisters in January 2011. Tony nominee Austin Pendleton will direct a cast that also features Mamie Gummer, Josh Hamilton, Roberta Maxwell, George Morfogen, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Louis Zorich.

Shakespeare's long-disputed Double Falsehood, which was officially attributed to the Bard by scholars of his work earlier this spring, will be staged in March 2010 under the direction of CSC artistic director Brian Kulick.

Tony Award-winning director Walter Bobbie will reunite with David Ives (Venus In Fur) in April to stage School for Lies, which is the playwright's riff on Molière's The Misanthrope.

The final work will be Unnatural Acts, conceived and directed by Tony Speciale, in June. According to CSC, "In this theatrical retelling of a true story, Harvard University’s administration has set up a secret court to determine what is taking place in Perkins Hall, Room 28. Behind those doors, eleven young men will discover themselves, their sexuality and an implacable intolerance that will forever alter their lives." CSC also promises the return of its First Look Festival April-May, 2011, with Molière's Tartuffe, School for Wives and The Misanthrope.

For further information on Classic Stage Company, call (212) 352-3101 or visit ClassicStage. CSC is located at 136 East 13th Street.

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