Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, announced today that 2014 Emmy Award nominees Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones) and Taylor Schilling (Piper Chapman on Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black) will co-star as Rakitin and Natalya in Ivan Turgenev’s A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY, beginning performances January 9, 2015 at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, February 15, 2015. A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY will be directed by Erica Schmidt. The production will be an addition to CSC’s already announced 2014/2015 season which includes Rodgers & Hammerstein’s ALLEGRO, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle; Shakespeare’s HAMLET starring Peter Sarsgaard, directed by Austin Pendleton; and Christopher Marlowe’s DOCTOR FAUSTUS, starring Chris Noth, directed by Andrei Belgrader.
A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY chronicles the comic and erotic turmoil that befalls an otherwise quiet country estate when a handsome young tutor arrives to teach Natalya Petrovna's young son. But it is Natalya who soon becomes interested in a tutelage of another kind, much to the consternation of her husband and her long suffering friend, Rakitin, who is hopelessly and secretly smitten with her.
PETER DINKLAGE (Rakitin) currently appears in the wildly popular HBO series Game of Thrones as Tyrion Lannister for which Dinklage received the 2011 Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for his performance. His theater credits include the title role in Richard III at the Public Theater, Charlie Kaufman's radio play Theater of the New Ear at St Ann's Warehouse, Things We Want by Jonathan Marc Sherman at The New Group, and Uncle Vanya at Bard Summerscape directed by Erica Schimdt. Dinklage's film credits include The Station Agent, X-Men:Days of Future Past, Death at a Funeral and Living in Oblivion. He will be seen next summer in Columbia's Pixels, opposite Adam Sandler.
TAYLOR SCHILLING (Natalya) currently stars in the critically-acclaimed and wildly popular Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, as Piper Chapman, for which she has received a 2014 Emmy Award nomination as Best Actress in a Dramatic Series. Schilling recently completed production on the independent comedy, The Overnight with Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, directed by Patrick Brice. This past year, Schilling appeared in the Wiebke von Carolsfeld film Stay opposite Aiden Quinn. In 2013, Schilling was seen in the Academy Award-winning film Argo opposite Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman. Earlier in 2012, Schilling starred opposite Zac Efron in The Lucky One.
ERICA SCHMIDT (Direction) Directing credits include: Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly at Manhattan Theatre Club; Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s Obie Award-winning Invasion! and I Call My Brothers for The Play Company; Humor Abuse (co-creator with performer Lorenzo Pisoni at Manhattan Theatre Club, the show won: Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Obie Award also played The Taper, ACT, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Seattle Rep); Rent (Tokyo); Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (with Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling), Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer and Copland’s The Tender Land (all at Bard Summer Scape); Carnival (The Paper Mill Playhouse); People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Trust (The Play Company, Callaway Award nominee); As You Like It (The Public Theater/NYSF, chashama and New York International Fringe Festival Winner for Best Direction); Debbie Does Dallas (wrote the adaptation and directed Off-Broadway at the Jane Street). Princess Grace Award recipient 2001.
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