Austin Pendleton will step into the role of Lebedev beginning Friday, October 26 in his production of Anton Chekhov's IVANOV at Classic Stage Company (135 East 13th Street) replacing veteran actor Louis Zorich, who has withdrawn due to a foot injury. Pendleton performed the role of Lebedev in a 1990 production at Yale Repertory. IVANOV, which stars Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson and Juliet Rylance, and is directed by Pendleton, is currently in previews, prior to an official opening Sunday, November 4. The cast also features Glenn Fitzgerald, Annette Hunt, Stephanie Janssen, Roberta Maxwell, George Morfogen, James Patrick Nelson, Anthony Newfield, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and Anne Troupe. IVANOV will play a limited engagement through Sunday, December 9.
Translated by Carol Rocamora, IVANOV features scenic design by Tony Award-winner Santo Loquasto (who also designed CSC's The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya and The Seagull), costumes by Marco Piemontese (The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters), lighting by Keith Parham (Three Sisters) and original music and sound by Ryan Rumery (The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters).
Tickets are available at www.classicstage.org or by calling 212-352-3101 or 866-811-4111. Tickets are $60 on Tuesday through Thursdays and $65 on weekends; $55 tickets are available for select side seats (all performances).
Austin Pendleton (Director) CSC: Ivanov, Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya. Recent directing credits have included the premieres of: Detroit, by Lisa D'Amour, at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre (where he is a member of the Ensemble) in September, Order, by Chris Boal, at New York's Oberon Theatre, in June, Fifty Words, by Michael Weller, at Manhattan Class Company in New York, with Elizabeth Marvel and Norbert Leo Butz, in 2008, Barbara Eda-Young's Lillian Yuralia, also in 2008 at HB Studio, and then at La Mama, in New York, and Love Song, by John Kolvenbach, also at Steppenwolf, in 2006. Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre, at the Pearl Theatre in New York, where he also, in 2007, directed Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic. Mr. Pendleton is also an actor, a teacher (at HB Studio), and a playwright. His plays are Orson's Shadow, Uncle Bob, and Booth, and this spring he will be represented at Lincoln Center by the book for the new musical A Minister's Wife, adapted from Shaw's Candida, with music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen.