Pulitzer Prize finalist and Two River Theater Playwright-in-Residence Madeleine George (Hurricane Diane, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England) collaborates with director Sara Holdren (Twelfth Night) to create a new translation of Chekhov’s classic play about big souls trapped in tiny boxes. Stuck in the Russian countryside at the turn of the 20th century, sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina dream of futures in the wake of their father’s death and a changing Russia.
“We want to introduce this play to new audiences and reintroduce it to old ones by putting out a hand and saying, come with us – this isn’t a museum piece. It isn’t even truly a period piece. It’s a playground and a rock concert and a comedy and a tragedy. Welcome aboard,” says director Sara Holdren.
The cast includes Alex Brightwell (Andrey), Nemuna Ceesay (Irina), Olivia Haney (Young Masha), Richard Hollis (Kulygin), Anna Ishida (Olga), Annelise Lawson (Masha), Rami Margron (Vershinin), Quinn Mcmanus(Young Irina), Mary Neufeld (Chebutykin), Nick Ong (Fedotik/Ferapont), Diana Osorio (Young Olga), Niall Powderly (Solyony), Rudy Roushdi(Tuzenbach), Regan Sims (Rohde/Anfisa), and Carmen Zilles (Natasha).
The creative team includes choreographer Chloe Treat, scenic designer Jean Kim, costume designer Fabian Aguilar, lighting designer Emma Deane, sound designer Kate Marvin, wig designer Carissa Thorlakson and puppet co-designers and fabricators Emma Wiseman and Nick Lehane. The music arranger is Daniel Schlosberg. The production stage manager is Colt Luedtke.
Single tickets are on sale at tworivertheater.org or 732.345.1400. Prices range from $40 to $70, with discounts available for groups, seniors, and U.S. military personnel, their families, and veterans. Season Subscriptions are also available, and, for a limited time, patrons can buy a full season 3-show package for $120 – a savings of over 40%!
A limited number of $25 tickets are available for every performance; $25 tickets may be partial view. Tickets for patrons under 30 are $25 and include the best available seats at every performance.
Post-play discussions with the cast and a member of Two River’s Artistic staff will take place on Wednesday, January 26 at 7pm; Sunday, January 30 at 3pm; and Wednesday, February 2 at 1pm.
An audio-described performance is scheduled for Wednesday, February 2 at 1pm. The performance on Saturday, February 5 at 3pm will be open captioned. Tickets are available at a discounted rate of $25 for patrons using these services. To reserve wheelchair-accessible seating or tickets to a performance listed above, patrons should call 732.345.1400 or e-mail email@example.com.
i??All audience members over the age of 12 are required to show proof of vaccination. People with exemptions must show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 36 hours of the performance time or a negative antigen test taken within 6 hours of the performance time. No over-the-counter, at-home test results will be accepted.
All guests, regardless of age or vaccination status, are required to wear masks while inside the theater building. Exceptions are only made for patrons eating and/or drinking in designated areas, one hour prior to the showtime.
Two River Theater will follow any forthcoming state mandates related to Covid-19. All requirements are subject to change, allowing us to best prioritize the safety of our audience members, artists, staff and community.