Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling to Spend 'A Month in the Country'

2:24 PM PST 08/19/2014 by David Rooney
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Taylor Schilling and Peter Dinklage

The Emmy-nominated stars of 'Game of Thrones' and 'Orange Is the New Black' will team up in an off-Broadway staging of the Ivan Turgenev play

It's a long way from the bloody battlefields and treacherous medieval courts of Game of Thrones, and from the badass women's prison corridors of Orange Is the New Black. But two stars of those television hits, Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling, will spend time together on a quiet Russian estate in A Month in the Country.

The Ivan Turgenev comedy of manners, first performed in 1872, will be produced off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company, directed by Dinklage's wife, Erica Schmidt. The play begins performances Jan. 9 at the East Village venue, in a limited engagement scheduled through Feb. 15.

Schilling takes on the role of Natalya, the bored wife of an older landowner, who is the object of unrequited love from her long-suffering friend Mikhail Rakitin, to be played by Dinklage.

The production of A Month in the Country adds to an already starry season slate at CSC, including Peter Sarsgaard in Hamlet, directed by Austin Pendleton; and Chris Noth in Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, staged by Andrei Belgrader.

The season kicks off in November with John Doyle's production of the rarely staged Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Allegro.

Both Dinklage and Schilling scored Emmy nominations this year. The actors previously appeared together onstage in a 2008 summer production of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at Bard College, New York, which was also directed by Schmidt.

Additional cast for A Month in the Country is to be announced.

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