Three Sisters Information
New York Theatre Workshop's 2022-2023 Off-Broadway season features a new production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, directed by Tony Award winner Sam Gold and starring Academy Award nominee Greta Gerwig and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac. Check back for information on Three Sisters tickets. Three Sisters tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.
Clare Barron, the Pulitzer Prize-nominated writer behind Dance Nation who premiered SHHHH off Broadway in 2022, adapts Chekhov's play for NYTW. The plot of the original Three Sisters play remains: the sisters of the title are Olga, Masha, and Irina, who grew up in Moscow but are now living in a provincial town far from the city. The tragicomedy each sees them dealing with the difficulties of love, loss, and unfulfilled dreams.
Olga is only 28 and the matriarch of the family. She's also already considered a spinster, though she would have likely been happy with the teacher Kulygin — but he's married to Masha. Masha, 23 and sharp-witted, is much younger than him and is disillusioned with their marriage, so she begins an affair. And Irina, 20, dreams of going back to Moscow someday, where she hopes to find true love and happiness. As the years go on, though, things change — dreams seem further and further out of reach, and love is lost and soured. Adding to the proceedings are the sister's brother, Andrey, and his wife, Natasha, who starts off meek and low-status but throws the family into turmoil by becoming controlling after she marries in.
Chekhov wrote Three Sisters in 1900, and it was first performed in 1901 in Moscow. The show is considered one of the playwright's greatest — alongside The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, and Uncle Vanya — and has been produced countless times all over the world. The show has played Broadway 10 times, most recently in 1997, and the most recent major Off-Broadway production was in 2011 at Classic Stage Company, directed by Austin Pendleton. Real-life spouses Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard played Masha and Vershinin (the man with whom Masha has an affair).
NYTW was initially set to produce Three Sisters off Broadway in the 2019-2020 season, but the show was postponed due to the pandemic. Now, the show joins a more modern musical theatre classic, Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along starring Daniel Radcliffe, in the 2022-23 season, alongside the new plays The Half-God of Rainfall, american (tele)visions, and How to Defend Yourself.
Sam Gold, who directs Three Sisters in New York for NYTW, has a long history of helming classical works; he's worked on King Lear with Glenda Jackson and Macbeth with Daniel Craig on Broadway. Three Sisters reunites him with Isaac, whom he previously directed in Hamlet, and Gerwig, whom he directed in The Village Bike.
Tickets for Three Sisters will be available soon.
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).
New York Theatre Workshop
Cast and creative
By: Anton Chekhov, adapted by Clare Barron
Producer: New York Theatre Workshop
Director: Sam Gold
Lighting: Jane Cox
Sound: Mikaal Sulaiman
Design: Andrew Lieberman & Brett J. Banakis
Costume: Clint Ramos
Cast list: Greta Gerwig (as Masha) and Oscar Isaac (as Vershinin), alongside Quincy Tyler Bernstine (as Olga), Steve Buscemi (as Chebutykin), Emily Davis (as Natasha), Michael Benjamin Hernandez (as Fedotik), John Christopher Jones (as Ferapont), Lola Kirke (as Irina), Anthony Michael Lopez (as Rohde), Matthew Maher (as Tusenbach), Chris Messina (as Solyony), Aaron Clifton Moten (as Andrei), Ben Sinclair (as Kulygin), and Virginia Wing (as Anfisa)
Other info: Music direction by Michelle DiBucci