Meet 'The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window' stars Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan

Learn more about the actors' most famous work on stage and screen.

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Gillian Russo

Those willing to venture out to Brooklyn will find one of the starriest must-see shows beyond Broadway. For six weeks only, through March 19, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosts Lorraine Hansberry's The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window at its Harvey Theater.

This celebrated work, a lesser-known masterpiece by the A Raisin in the Sun playwright, receives its first New York revival in 50 years with two A-listers on the marquee. Oscar Isaac and Rachel Brosnahan play Sidney and Iris Brustein, a couple whose unachievable political ideals upset their marriage in 1960s Greenwich Village.

Neither is a newcomer to the stage, though both are making long-awaited returns to New York. Learn more about Isaac and Brosnahan's performance history, and don't miss your window of opportunity to see them live.

Brosnahan and Isaac are sharing the stage for the first time.

Neither have appeared in a TV show or movie together, either, so The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window marks audiences' first chance to see the pair perform together. Brosnahan and Isaac were, however, both nominated at the 74th Emmy Awards in 2022 — Brosnahan for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and Isaac for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (Scenes From a Marriage).

Both Isaac and Brosnahan have a Shakespearean background.

Isaac's last Off-Broadway credit was in the title role of Hamlet at The Public Theater. A year earlier, Brosnahan appeared as Desdemona in a futuristic adaptation of Othello, produced by New York Theatre Workshop.

The actors are making their long-awaited returns to the New York stage.

Hamlet and Othello went up in 2017 and 2016, respectively, and neither actor has appeared on or off Broadway since then. However, they've kept busy with plenty of other projects that audiences will surely recognize. Learn more details about the stage and screen credits of The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window's stars below.

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Oscar Isaac

Isaac earned global movie star status for his role as Poe Dameron in the latest Star Wars trilogy, building upon that prominence with roles in other movies like Dune and TV shows like Scenes From a Marriage and Marvel's Moon Knight. But even before Star Wars made him a household name, Isaac had won a Golden Globe Award for his performance on the TV series Show Me a Hero.

Isaac also has an extensive background as a theatre actor. He hasn't performed on Broadway — yet — but he has been on the Off-Broadway scene since 2005, when he made his debut as Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona, with Shakespeare in the Park. His other New York stage roles include playwright Federico Garcia Lorca in Beauty of the Father and the title role of Romeo and Juliet, along with star parts in the plays We Live Here and Grace.

Even earlier, Isaac played a young Fidel Castro in a small NYC production of When It's Cocktail Time in Cuba, and he performed in various stage plays with the Florida-based GableStage and Area Stage Company when he was just starting out.

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Rachel Brosnahan

Brosnahan only has two previous New York stage credits: Othello Off Broadway and a 2013 production of The Big Knife on Broadway. She also performed in the play Up with Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2009.

But Brosnahan has certainly proven she knows how to work a live audience as the title stand-up comedian on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The Amazon Prime show earned the actress an Emmy Award, two Golden Globes, and four additional nominations between the two. Her other famous screen credits include the TV show House of Cards (which first made her an Emmy nominee) and the films The Courier and I'm Your Woman.

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