NYTW Usual Suspect and Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Othello, The Black Eyed) 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 new adaptation of Three Sisters is penned by Pulitzer Prize finalist Clare Barron (Dance Nation).
Scenic Design Andrew Lieberman & Brett J. Banakis
Costume Design Clint Ramos
Lighting Design Jane Cox
Sound Design Mikaal Sulaiman
Stage Manager Laura Smith
Music Director Michelle DiBucci
NY Theater (selected credits): Marys Seacole (Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play); Our Lady of 121st Street (Lortel nomination); The Amateurs (Lortel nomination); As You Like It (Lortel nomination); Small Mouth Sounds; Peer Gynt; Grand Concourse (Lortel nomination); 10 out of 12; The Nether; Mr. Burns; Neva (Lortel nomination); We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…; born bad; Red-Handed Otter; Family Week; Ruined ( 2009 Obie for Performance, Clarence Derwent, Audelco Awards); In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play); The Misanthrope; A Small, Melodramatic Story; Matt & Ben, ‘nami; (I am) Nobody’s Lunch; The Ladies. Film (selected credits): Manchester By the Sea,Easy Living, Still Alice, Ned Rifle, Red Hook Summer, While We’re Young, Hungry Hearts, Rachel Getting Married. TV (selected credits): “Ray Donovan,” “The Code,” “Modern Love,” “Power,” “High Maintenance,” “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Madam Secretary,” “The Leftovers,” “The Strain,” “Chappelle’s Show,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” Education: Brown (BA), UCSD (MFA). 2019 Obie for Sustained Excellence in Performance, Cullman 3rd Award for Extraordinary Creativity (Lincoln Center, 2019); 2015 Lilly Award, Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists.
Since his impressive breakout performance in Parting Glances, Steve Buscemi has built a career out of portraying unique and unforgettable characters. He won an Independent Spirit Award, New York Film Critics Award and Golden Globe nomination for his role in Ghost World. He won an Independent Spirit Award for his role as Mr. Pink in Reservoir Dogs. Buscemi’s film credits include Fargo, The Big Lebowski,Armageddon, Con Air, Big Fish, Living in Oblivion, New York Stories, Coffee and Cigarettes, Mystery Train and In the Soup, among many others. He’s made numerous cameo appearances including Pulp Fiction, Rising Sun, Big Daddy, and The Wedding Singer, and has provided his voice in many animated films including Monsters, Inc.; Charlotte’s Web; the Hotel Transylvania series and The Boss Baby. As a writer and director, his projects include Trees Lounge, Animal Factory, Lonesome Jim, Interview, What Happened to Pete and A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY. On the small screen he has starred and guest starred on such shows as “Boardwalk Empire,” which garnered him a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy nominations; “The Sopranos,” for which he received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and also directed episodes of the show which earned him Emmy and DGA nominations. He’s appeared on “30 Rock,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Portlandia,” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” among others. Recent film credits include The Death of Stalin and Lean on Pete, for which he earned a British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2019, the National Association of Theatre Owners presented Buscemi with the CinemaCon Icon Award. He currently co-stars in the TBS anthology comedy series “Miracle Workers: Dark Ages.”
NYTW debut. Off-Broadway: Is This A Room (The Vineyard Theatre). Off-Off Broadway: SINGLET (The Bushwick Starr), Of Government (Clubbed Thumb), My Old Man and Other Stories(Dixon Place), O, Earth! (The Foundry Theatre). With Obie-winning theater company Half Straddle, Emily has toured extensively across the US and abroad for the past 10 years, most recently with Is This A Room to The Walker (Minneapolis), The Annenberg Center (Philadelphia), The Noordezon Festival (Groningen, Netherlands), The Bunker Institute (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Also, with Half Straddle: Ancient Lives, The Seagull (Thinking of you), In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL, Nurses in New England and FAMILY. Film: The Plagiarists, Almost Family, Gwen in Corpus. TV: “High Maintenance.”
Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig has made a mark on the entertainment industry as a powerful storyteller. Gerwig most recently wrote and directed an adaptation of Little Women, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Her first film Lady Bird was nominated for five Academy Awards including two for Gerwig for directing and writing. Previously, Gerwig collaborated with director Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg, Mistress Americaand 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 Isle of Dogs. In 2014, she starred in the Off-Broadway production of The Village Bike directed by Sam Gold.
NYTW debut. Film: The Birthday Cake (Director: Jimmy Giannopoulos), Big Gold Brick (Director: Brian Petsos), Triple Frontier (Director: J.C. Chandor), Operation Finale (Director: Chris Weitz), Life Itself (Director: Dan Fogelman), and The Promise (Director: Terry George).
OSCAR ISAAC (Vershinin) is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actor, producer and musician. In 2016, he earned a Golden Globe for his role on the HBO miniseries “Show Me A Hero” in the Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film category as well as a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries. Two years prior, he scored an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the title character in the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. He additionally was featured on numerous songs on the film’s soundtrack. That same year, 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 with the film earning the Best Film nod. The following year, Isaac starred in Ex Machina written and directed by Alex Garland. The National Board of Review recognized the film as one of the ten best independent films of the year. 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 was the first of a trilogy planned by Disney. Isaac returned as Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) and most recently in the final chapter Stars Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019). Other acting credits include The Promise (2016), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016),Suburbicon (2017), Annihilation (2018), Operation Finale (2018) of which he also is credited as a producer, Life Itself (2018), Triple Frontier (2019), At Eternity’s Gate (2019) and The Addams Family (2019).
In 2017, Isaac headlined The Public Theater’s summer production of Hamlet with Sam Gold at the helm. 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. Isaac will be honored this April at the annual MCC Theater’s 2020 Miscast Gala.
Next up, Isaac will star in the much-anticipated reboot of Dune, an adaption of the bestselling novel of the same name by Frank Herbert. The film is set to hit theaters December 18th, 2020. Additionally, Isaac is set to star in and produce The Great Machine, based on the comic Ex Machina and is set to star in Paul Schrader’s The Card Counter, with Martin Scorsese as an executive producer on the project.
JOHN CHRISTOPHER JONES (Ferapont) has enjoyed a nearly 50-year career in the theater. As a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, he studied with John Barton. Roles in the canon include Troilus, Camillo, Hal, Antipholus, Mercutio, Proteus, MacBeth, Cloten, Lavatch, Elbow, Gravedigger, Porter, Grumio, Gremio and Dogberry. Broadway debut: Otherwise Engaged directed by Harold Pinter. Also, Hurlyburly, The Suicide, Beauty and the Beast, The Goodbye Girl and most notably, the 1988 revival of The Iceman Cometh starring Jason Robards. Favorite Off-Broadway productions include Quartermaine’s Terms, Aristocrats, The Day Room, Fuddy Meers, Sight Unseen and Slavs! at NYTW. Mr. Jones was an Associate Director of the Depot Theater in Upstate New York. In 2012, he was commissioned by Brian Kulick at CSC to do a translation of The Cherry Orchard, which the reviewers found “Supple…positively poetic in its inarticulateness” (The New York Times) and “Impeccably theatrical. Beautifully speakable. Poetic” (The Wall Street Journal). He received a Lortel Award for his efforts. Other translations include Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Seagull, A Month in the Country, Nathan the Wiseand An Unsocial Socialist, adapted from Shaw’s last novel. His versions of Platonov, Chekhov’s first play, Woyzeckand Leonce and Lena are published by Dramatist Play Service.
LOLA KIRKE (Irina) will next appear in Netflix’s original film Lost Girls alongside Amy Ryan, Thomasin McKenzie and Oona Laurence. The film, which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, will debut on Netflix on March 13, 2020. Kirke’s additional film credits include Mistress America, Gone Girl, Gemini, Untogether, AWOL and Another Happy Day. On television, Kirke is best known for her role as the female lead, Hailey, in the Golden Globe Award winning series, “Mozart in the Jungle.” The series ran for four seasons on Amazon. She also appeared in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In 2018, Kirke released her debut full-length album as a singer/songwriter. The album, titled Heart Head West was released with Downtown Records. Her debut self-titled EP was released in 2016.
ANTHONY MICHAEL LOPEZ (Rohde). NYTW: Othello, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. Off-Broadway: The Artificial Jungle, The Unexpected Guest. Nat’l Tour: The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee. Regional: Henry V(Hartford Stage), Vanity Fair (Shakespeare Theatre / A.C.T. San Francisco), The Three Sisters (Breadline Theatre Chicago). Film & TV: Mapplethorpe, Anomaly, “Broad City,” “Homeland,” “New Amsterdam,” “Half Life.”
Broadway: King Lear. Off-Broadway: Othello (NYTW, Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play); The Muscles in Our Toes, Mr. Burns, The Flick (Off-Broadway & London), The World Over (Playwrights Horizons); Golden Child (Signature); Red Handed Otter (Cherry Lane); Uncle Vanya, Orange Hat and Grace, Molly’s Dream (Soho Rep); Tales From My Parents’ Divorce (The Civilians, Associate Artist); School for Lies (CSC). Also, shows with Clubbed Thumb, 13P, PS122, TFANA and The Public. Regional credits include Williamstown, NY Stage & Film, Berkeley Rep, A.R.T. and The McCarter. Film/TV: Prodigal Son, Marriage Story, Captain Marvel, “New Amsterdam,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” Live By Night, The Finest Hours, My Entire Highschool Sinking Into The Sea, Biker Bar, “Nurse Jackie,” A Most Violent Year, While We’re Young, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, The Killer Inside Me, Gone Baby Gone, Jersey Girl, Dogma, Bringing Out The Dead, Vulgar, “Over/Under,” “The Unusuals,” “John From Cincinnati,” “Bored To Death” and all three Law & Order shows. Obie Award for The Race of The Ark Tattoo with The Foundry and 2013 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence in Performance.
CHRIS MESSINA (Solyony) can currently be seen in the Warner Bros. feature Birds of Prey opposite Margot Robbie & Ewan McGregor and in the third season of the critically acclaimed anthology series “The Sinner” which premiered on USA this February. Previously he played Detective Richard Willis in Jean-Marc Vallée’s HBO limited series “Sharp Objects” opposite Amy Adams. Additional credits include Live By Night opposite Ben Affleck, Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn with Al Pacino, Away We Go directed by Sam Mendes, Vicky Cristina Barcelona directed by Woody Allen, “The Mindy Project,” “The Newsroom,” “Damages” and Argo, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2012. Chris was in Caryl Churchill’s Far Away with Frances McDormand directed by Stephen Daldry at NYTW. In 2003, Messina made his Broadway debut in Oscar Wilde’s Salome at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
AARON CLIFTON MOTEN (Andrei) is currently set as a series regular on the FOX pilot “neXT,” hailing from John Requa, Glenn Ficarra and Manny Coto. Prior to “neXT” Aaron was a series regular on Netflix’s “Disjointed.” Other TV credits include a recurring role on HBO’s award-winning miniseries “The Night Of” as well as Amazon’s highly acclaimed “Mozart in the Jungle.” Aaron played opposite Meryl Streep in the feature film Ricki and the Flash and starred in the production of the critically acclaimed play The Flick at The Barrow Street Theatre. A Juilliard alum, Aaron’s wide range of theatrical credits include The Old Globe’s Romeo and Juliet; the Young Caller in A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway; Regan in King Lear directed by Ed Iskandar; Henry V in The Life of King Henry the Fifth directed by Nigel Smith; The Seagull directed by Richard Feldman; and A Raisin in the Sun directed by Jade King Carroll (The Juilliard School). Regional: Much Ado About Nothing (as Claudio) and Sweeney Todd (at Texas Long Center).
BEN SINCLAIR (Kulygin) is a creative force behind the critically acclaimed HBO series “High Maintenance.” In addition to co-creating the series with Katja Blichfeld (originally a Vimeo web-series), Sinclair stars as The Guywho connects the tapestry of New York City-centric stories told on the show. He also wears numerous behind-the-camera hats, serving as a director, writer, editor and executive producer of the series, which began its fourth season on February 7th. Originally training extensively in theatre, Sinclair has since focused primarily on film and television acting, having appeared in such mainstream titles as Cary Joji Fukunaga’s “Maniac,” HBO’s “Betty,”Home Again, Sisters, “Safe,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Delocated,” “The Big C,” “Mercy,” “A Gifted Man” and “30 Rock.” Sinclair currently resides in New York.
VIRGINIA WING (Anfisa) is a Chinese American actress and singer whose ancestors came to the “Gold Mountain” from Canton (now Guangdong) in the mid-1800s, lured by the Gold Rush and the building of the railroads. She is currently writing about growing up Southern in the Mississippi Delta, where she was born and raised. Professionally, she has run the gamut from opera, theatre, cabaret, TV, film, playwriting, directing and producing to script analysis. She modeled in her youth and is in the Breck Girl Hall of Fame. She was the face in the Mitsouko by Guerlain ad in the 60s, which won awards internationally. She was a nominee for Best Actress in the Hollywood NAACP Image Awards. She is most proud of a recent short film When the World Was Youngbecause the characters were not written as Exotic or Other, but as Americans who happen to be Chinese, faced with a problem that is universal. Performingartslegacy.org/wing
CLARE BARRON is a playwright and actor from Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include Dance Nation, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the winner of the Relentless Award, the winner of an Obie Award and received its premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York City and subsequently at the Almeida Theatre in London and is now playing across the country and internationally; You Got Older, which received its world premiere with Page 73 and later appeared at Steppenwolf (Obie Award for Playwriting, Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Play, Kilroys List, and Susan Smith Blackburn finalist); I’ll Never Love Again (The Bushwick Starr, New York Times & Time Out Critics’ Picks); and Baby Screams Miracle (Woolly Mammoth, Clubbed Thumb). She is also the recipient of a Whiting Award, the Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and the Paula Vogel Award at the Vineyard, and is a former member of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab.
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.