Greta Gerwig, Oscar Isaac to Star Off-Broadway in 'Three Sisters'
Sam Gold, who directed Isaac in the title role of 'Hamlet' and Gerwig in 'The Village Bike,' will stage the Chekhov production, part of the 2019-20 season at New York Theatre Workshop.
Greta Gerwig and Oscar Isaac will reunite with stage director Sam Gold on a production of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop.
Gold, a Tony Award winner for Fun Home, returns to NYTW after directing a sold-out, critically lauded production there of Othello in 2016, which starred Daniel Craig, David Oyelowo, Rachel Brosnahan and Finn Wittrock. Gold also directed an acclaimed 2012 production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, adapted by his frequent collaborator Annie Baker.
Isaac previously collaborated with the director on a 2017 production of Hamlet at the Public Theater, in which he played the title role. Gerwig worked with Gold in 2014, playing the lead role in Brit playwright Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike for MCC Theater. Additional cast, creative team and dates are to be announced on Three Sisters, which will conclude NYTW's season in the spring.
Following the success of Lady Bird, Gerwig currently is wrapping up postproduction on her second feature as writer-director, Little Women, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and Timothee Chalamet and is scheduled for release Dec. 25. She is also attached to direct the Margot Robbie vehicle Barbie, which Gerwig will co-write with her partner, Noah Baumbach.
Isaac's upcoming films include Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Denis Villeneuve's Dune remake. He provides the voice of Gomez in the animated feature The Addams Family, opening for Halloween.
Also new to the season schedule at NYTW is Endlings, written by Celine Song and directed by Sammi Cannold. The play, which premiered at American Repertory Theater in Boston earlier this year, deals with Korean identity, centering on three elderly haenyeo, the female divers who harvest seafood from the rough South Korean seas and have long held a prominent place in their matriarchal society but now risk extinction. Song is a staff writer on Amazon's The Wheel of Time and is developing a television project with Diablo Cody and Beth Behrs.
The addition of Endlings and Three Sisters completes the lineup for NYTW's 2019-29 season. Those productions join the previously announced musical adaptation of John Carney's film Sing Street; a double bill of Nigerian American playwright Mfoniso Udofia's runboyrun and In Old Age; and Sanctuary City, the new drama from Martyna Majok, winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cost of Living.
NYTW has been on a roll with breakout successes lately, led by this year's Tony winner for best musical, Hadestown, which had its off-Broadway bow at the East Village venue.
Writer-performer Heidi Schreck's hit What the Constitution Means to Me transferred to Broadway in a limited engagement that just yesterday announced full recoupment of its $2.5 million investment and will continue to generate profit through its Aug. 24 closing date. Another much talked-about NYTW sensation, Jeremy O. Harris' provocative Slave Play, will move to Broadway in the fall.