NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Othello) revisits Chekhov following his acclaimed 2012 production of Uncle Vanya that was heralded as “luminous” and "the most intimate and engaging exploration of Chekhov's bleak comedy.”
This production of Three Sisters reunites Gold with two previous collaborators: The Village Bike’s Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Frances Ha) and Hamlet’s Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Inside Llewyn Davis).
Academy Award nominated actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director Greta Gerwig has made a mark on the entertainment industry as a powerful storyteller. Gerwig is perhaps best known for Lady Bird, her debut film as a solo writer and director. Gerwig made history by being the fifth woman to be nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Director category, and the first to be nominated for a debut film. The film also earned four additional Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and acting nominations for stars Saoirse Ronin and Laurie Metcalf. Gerwig recently wrapped production on her sophomore directorial project, Little Women featuring an all-star cast including Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, Eliza Scanlen and Florence Pugh. Sony Pictures is set to release the film on December 25th, 2019. Previously, Gerwig has collaborated with director Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg, Mistress America, and Frances Ha, for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Her additional acting credits include Jackie, Maggie’s Plan, 20th Century Women, Lola Versus, Damsels in Distress, Arthur, No Strings Attached, and most recently, the voice of Tracy Walker in Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.
OSCAR ISAAC is one of the great young actors of today. He gained critical acclaim, a Golden Globe nomination, and an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Male Lead” for his portrayal of the title character in the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. The film premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Grand Prix award and also garnered Oscar Isaac the Toronto Film Critics Award for “Best Actor.” Isaac shows off his skills as a singer and performer on the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack, lending an element of authenticity to his portrayal of the struggling folk singer. After receiving rave reviews for his starring role opposite Catherine Keener in the HBO miniseries “Show Me A Hero,” Isaac went on to receive a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film” and a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for “Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries.” Isaac plays Nick Wasickso, the youngest big-city mayor in the nation, who finds himself thrust into the center of the fight for housing desegregation in Yonkers, NY in the late 1980s.
In 2014, Isaac led J.C. Chandor’s action-packed drama, A Most Violent Year, for which he earned the National Board of Review Award for “Best Actor.” The film itself won the National Board of Review Award for “Best Film.” The following year, Isaac starred alongside Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson in Ex Machina written and directed by Alex Garland. This science fiction psychological thriller tells the story of programmer Caleb Smith who is invited by his employer, the eccentric billionaire Nathan Bateman (Isaac) to administer the Turing test to an android with artificial intelligence. The National Board of Review recognized Ex Machina as one of the ten best independent films of the year.
In 2017, Isaac headlined The Public Theater’s summer production of Hamlet. Other credits include Suburbicon (2017) alongside Matt Damon and Julianne Moore and Annihilation (2018) with Natalie Portman. Isaac can be seen in the Chris Weitz film Operation Finale (2018) of which he also is credited as a producer. He also starred in the Dan Fogelman film Life Itself (2018) opposite Olivia Munn, Netflix’s Triple Frontier (2019) alongside Ben Affleck and Charlie Hunnam and the Schnabel film At Eternity’s Gate (2019) alongside Willem Dafoe. Isaac is currently filming Legendary’s Dune reboot and was recently announced as the voice of Gomez Addams in the animated feature The Addams Family.
In 2016, Isaac was seen in The Promise alongside Christian Bale and in that same year he was seen in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
In 2015, Isaac starred as the Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron, in the highly awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh installment in the main Star Wars film series. Directed, co-produced, and co-written by J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first of a trilogy planned by Disney, premiered in December 2015 and within two weeks, became the highest grossing domestic film of all-time. It is the fastest film to reach $700 million, and broke opening day box office records, domestic and worldwide. The Force Awakens has also earned the highest domestic second and third weekend ever, set a new domestic record for the biggest Christmas Day and New Year’s Day box office haul, and became IMAX’s second highest-grossing movie ever. Isaac returned as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi released December 2017 and is set to make another reprise as Poe in Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker due December 2019.
Other past films include the Anchor Bay ensemble feature Ten Year for which Isaac wrote an original song that he performs in the film; Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch; Agora, directed by Alejandro Amenábar; Balibo for which Isaac received an AFI Award for “Best Supporting Actor;” In Secret based on the Émile Zola novel; Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies; Daniel Barnz’s Won’t Back Down; Steven Soderbergh’s Che; Vadim Perelman’s The Life Before Her Eyes; HBO’s PU-239; and as Joseph in The Nativity Story.
Off-Broadway, Isaac appeared in Zoe Kazan’s play We Live Here at Manhattan Theatre Club, as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and in Two Gentlemen of Verona, the latter productions for The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Isaac also appeared in Beauty of the Father at Manhattan Theatre Club and in MCC Theater’s Grace.
Additional theatre credits include: Arrivals and Departures, When It’s Cocktail Time in Cuba and Spinning into Butter. Oscar Isaac studied performing arts at the famed Juilliard School and currently resides in New York City.
SAM GOLD is a Tony Award-winning director based in Brooklyn, NY. His Broadway credits include: King Lear; A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Tony Award nomination); The Glass Menagerie; Fun Home (Tony Award); The Real Thing; The Realistic Joneses; Picnic; Seminar. Recent productions include: The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theatre Company); Hamlet (The Public Theater); Othello (New York Theatre Workshop); The Flick (Barrow Street Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, National Theatre; Lortel Award nomination); The Glass Menagerie (Toneelgroep Amsterdam); John (Signature Theatre; Obie Award, Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations); The Village Bike (MCC); Uncle Vanya (Soho Repertory Theatre; Drama Desk nomination); The Realistic Joneses (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Cradle Will Rock (Encores! Off-Center); Kin (Playwrights Horizons); The Big Meal (Playwrights Horizons; Lortel); Look Back in Anger (Roundabout Theatre Company; Lortel nomination); Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons; Obie, Drama Desk nomination); The Aliens (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Obie Award). Training: The Juilliard School.