“HALLEY FEIFFER writes like a MIXOLOGIST inventing the PERFECT COCKTAIL.”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
“CLEVER, FUN, with a WONDERFUL SENSE of GAIETY.”
“A RIOTOUS¹, BREATHTAKING², 95 MINUTES”
-¹TIMEOUT NEW YORK, ²THE WRAP
The struggle is real for Olga (REBECCA HENDERSON), Masha (CHRIS PERFETTI), and Irina (TAVI GEVINSON): siblings who are NOT super thrilled to be stuck in rural Russia circa 1900 (laaame).
In HALLEY FEIFFER’S contemporary reimagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, we follow the joys and heartbreaks of one lovably dysfunctional family over the course of several pivotal years in a world that proves to be eerily similar to the one we live in today. Directed by TRIP CULLMAN, this new black comedy tackles the absurdity of the privileged class and the power of love in a fresh twist on a classic tale that reveals itself to be far more relevant than, like, ever before.
Presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at
THE ROBERT W. WILSON
MCC THEATER SPACE
511 W 52 ST
NY, NY 10019
Run Time 90 min / WITH NO INTERMISSION
NO LATE SEATING / NO RE-ENTRY
WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE, GUNSHOTS
CLOSED AUG 17, 2019
“CHEKHOV’S skeleton is given a MEAN GIRLS makeover – COLORIZED and CONFETTEID.”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
“MOSCOWx6 gets right TO THE HEART. SMILEY FACE.”
-NEW YORK STAGE REVIEW
“NO ONE makes dark comedy with the SAVAGERY of HALLEY FEIFFER.”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
“GENUINELY, AFFECTINGLY SILLY.”
-NEW YORK STAGE REVIEW
“With a THRILLINGLY REBELLIOUS spirit, FEIFFER paints life in the absurd light it deserves and makes the choice to LAUGH instead of cry.”
“NEVER have the three Russian sisters be so FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY.”
MCC debut. Ako created the role of ANFISA at Williamstown Festival 2017. Ako is the founding artistic director of English-Japanese bi-lingual theater AMATERASU ZA (www.amaterasuza.org). Ako is a former member of the world-famous Takarazuka Theatre Company in Japan. Her works include God Said This (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), Kentucky, Sayonara, Tamar of the River, Tea With the Haiku Geisha, Tea House of the August Moon, A Majority of One, Shogun Macbeth, Tea and Kokoro. Films/TV: Snow Falling on Cedars, BBC’s Prisoners In Time, I Origins, Too Tired to Die, Shadowplay, “Daitoryo No Christmas Tree,” No Reservations, Twelve, “30 Rock,” “Mercy.” Oregon Shakespeare Festival 2010-2012 season; Throne of Blood, Julius Caesar, White Snack. www.ako-actress.com
Steven recently starred as Dwayne Reed, lead investigator and former cop, who joins the defense team in NBC’s comedy “Trial and Error.” Boyer was nominated for a Tony Award for the Broadway run of Hand to God. Time Out NY named Boyer as “one of the Future Legends of the NY Theatre.” He also earned an OBIE Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for his work in Hand to God at The Ensemble Studio Theatre and MCC. Most recently Steven starred in Assassins which was a part of the Encores Off Center series. He has also appeared in MTC’s The Explorer’s Club as well as in Second Stage’s production of Modern Terrorism. He also played the title role of Trevor in Nick Jones’ darkly funny Trevor, performed with Lesser America. In addition to his work in the theatre, Boyer has appeared in Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and in Martin Scorsese’s film The Wolf of Wall Street. He can be seen in the upcoming feature, Hustlers starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu. Boyer recently recurred on the NBC series “Chicago Fire” and has appeared in such beloved TV series as “Blacklist”, “Orange is the New Black,” “The Good Wife,” “The Crazy Ones,” “Louie,” “Mom,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” and “Ed.” He starred in and produced “The Share,” an independent web sitcom pilot from Emily Chadick Weiss. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School and is also a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Boyer lives in South Slope, Brooklyn
Tavi is an actress and writer, most recently seen in Steven Levenson’s Off-Broadway production of Days of Rage. Last year, she starred in the revival of Carson McCullers’ The Member of the Wedding at Williamstown Theater Festival. Broadway credits include Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, Mary Warren in Ivo van Hove’s production of The Crucible, and Anya in The Cherry Orchard. Film credits include Enough Said, Person to Person, and the upcoming Halston. TV credits include NBC’s “Parenthood” and Ryan Murphy’s “Scream Queens.”
Sas made her Broadway debut in 2017, playing Kiki in Joshua Harmon’s Significant Other, a role she had originated in the Off-Broadway production (Roundabout). Her other stage credits include Stunning (LCT). Sas co-wrote, produced and starred in the film Are You Joking?. She also appeared in the films Ocean’s Eight, Hearts Beat Loud and Becks, and on television in “You’re the Worst” (FX), “Search Party” (TBS), “Odd Mom Out” (Bravo), and “Happyish” (Showtime). She can currently be seen recurring on the Jenji Kohan produced series “American Princess” (Lifetime). Sas is co-writing the book for Mystic Pizza with music by Melissa Etheridge. She has sold and written Television scripts and pilots at HBO, NBC, Fox, Sony, Warner Brothers and Bravo. She most recently developed a pilot for NBC with Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton, Rent) producing.
Select theatre: Moscowx6 (Williamstown); Bright Half Life (Women’s Project); The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature); Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra, The Whale, and The Retributionists (Playwrights Horizons); Too Much Too Much Too Many (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Collection and A Kind of Alaska (Atlantic Theater Company); La Brea and Roadkill Confidential (Clubbed Thumb); Red-Handed Otter (Playwright’s Realm); Icebergs (The Geffen); Autumn Sonata (Yale Rep); bobrauschenbergamerica (American Repertory Theater). Select Film and Television: “Russian Doll”, “Westworld”, “Manhunt: Unibomber”, “Rectify”, “Orange is the New Black”, “I’m Sorry”, “The First”, Mickey and the Bear, Mistress America, Appropriate Behavior, Lady Liberty, Actresses, The Mend, Simple Wedding, They Remain, and Grand Theft Auto IV & V. MFA, Columbia University. Rebecca is originally from Vancouver, Canada.
Broadway: Frozen, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: The Robber Bridegroom (The Roundabout; Lucille Lortel Award Nomination), Peter and the Starcatcher (New York Theatre Workshop), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public). Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Old Globe, Goodspeed Opera House, The Papermill Playhouse, Pittsburgh CLO. Film/Television: Half Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, “The Americans,” “The Good Wife,” “Royal Pains,” “Kings,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.” Education: Boston University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Matthew is thrilled to be making his MCC debut! Theater: Light Shining In Buckinghamshire (NYTW), Thunderbodies (Soho Rep), The Mysteries (The Flea). TV: Recurring role on “New Amsterdam” (NBC), “The Blacklist” (NBC). Love and deep gratitude for Gail Williamson, Telsey, and MCC. Instagram: @TheLittleCulprit. For Mom.
Broadway: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (w/Delroy Lindo), Big River. Off-Broadway: The Trip to Bountiful (Signature), The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks (Signature), Fables in Slang (Melting Pot), The Fantasticks (Sullivan Street and uptown productions). Regional: LaJolla Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Missouri Rep, Virginia Stage, Florida Studio. Film: No Country for Old Men, The Hateful Eight, The Old Man and the Old Gun, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Texas Cotton, Bug, Dementia, The Sacrament (Blood/Guts UK Horror Award—Best Supporting Actor), The Great Santini. TV: “Boardwalk Empire”, “Louie”, “Inside Amy Schumer”,”Chappelle’s Show”, “House of Cards”, “The American Guest”(HBO upcoming), “Living With Yourself” (Netflix upcoming), nine Ken Burns documentaries. Thanks to Halley and Trip, love to Annie.
Alfredo was most recently seen on stage in Roundabout’s Broadway revival of Time and the Conways directed by Rebecca Taichman. Prior to that, he appeared in the initial run of Tiny Beautiful Things, based on the Cheryl Strayed book, adapted by Nia Vardalos and directed by Thomas Kail, at The Public Theatre. Some of his Film & TV credits include: The Dark Tower, Demolition, “Homeland”, “House of Cards”,”Jessica Jones” and a recurring role as Captain Riojas on NBC’s “Manifest”, among others. He is a company member of LAByrinth, EST, Partial Comfort, New Neighborhood & The Actor’s Studio. (www.alfredonarciso.com)
Chris most recently starred in Bruce Norris’ play The Low Road at the Public Theater directed by Michael Greif. Broadway: Six Degrees of Separation (Trip Cullman, dir.); Picnic (Sam Gold, dir.) Off-Broadway: Everybody (Signature Theater); Cloud Nine (Atlantic Theater Company); The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Park); Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout Theatre Company; Theater World Award Winner); and The Tutors (Second Stage Theater). Regular or recurring TV credits include: “What We Do in the Shadows” (FX), “The Night Of” (HBO), “Crossbones” (NBC), “Looking” (HBO), and “Next Caller” (NBC). Upcoming Film: The Surrogate; God the Worm; The Virtuoso; and Sound of Metal. Education: BFA, SUNY Purchase.
Ryan Spahn MCC debut. Ryan originated the role of Kulygin in Moscowx6 at Williamstown. He began his New York stage career in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria at the Vineyard Theatre, as well as in Chicago at the Goodman. He went on to appear in Daniel’s Husband (Primary Stages, Penguin Rep, and the Westside Theatre), Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage and Transport Group), Still At Risk (TFTNC), and Exit Strategy (Primary Stages). As an actor, co-writer, and producer, his films include He’s Way More Famous Than You, Grantham and Rose, and Woven. Ryan sold a pilot to Warner Bros., and his latest play Nora Highland was a finalist for the 2019 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Juilliard, and will appear in the upcoming film Shirley.
RAY ANTHONY THOMAS
RAY ANTHONY THOMAS
Broadway: Jitney (Tony-Best Revival; NY Drama Critics Award-Best Ensemble), The Crucible (Ivo van Hove, director), Race (David Mamet, writer/director). Ray has created roles in two Pulitzer Prize winning plays: Water By The Spoonful (by Quiara Algeria Hudes) and Between Riverside and Crazy (by Stephen Adly Guirgis), and has received an Obie for his performance in Volunteer Man at The Rattlestick Theater. Recently: Two Trains Running (Cincy/Milwaukee), The Year to Come (La Jolla), Artney Jackson (Williamstown). Also Fences and Jitney For August Wilson’s Century Cycle for NPR Radio. Recent Film and Television: Isn’t It Romantic, Trouble With the Curve, Shutter Island, “The Last O.G.,” “Blue Bloods,” “High Maintenance,” and “Law & Order.”
Halley Feiffer is a writer and actor. Her plays include I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic, OCC Nom.), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City (MCC), How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them (Rattlestick) and The Pain of My Belligerence, which she recently starred in at Playwrights Horizons. Other acting credits include A Funny Thing Happened… at the Geffen, the Broadway revivals of The Front Page and The House of Blue Leaves (Theater World Award), off-Broadway shows like Tigers Be Still (Roundabout, Drama League Nom.) and film / TV projects like The Squid and the Whale and He’s Way More Famous Than You, which she co-wrote with Ryan Spahn. TV writing includes “Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon), “Kidding,” “SMILF,” (Showtime) and original pilots for FX and TNT.
Trip Cullman (Director) Broadway: Choir Boy (MTC), Lobby Hero (Second Stage), Six Degrees of Separation (Barrymore), Significant Other (Booth). Select Off Broadway: YEN, Punk Rock (Obie award), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City (MCC); Days Of Rage, The Layover, The Substance of Fire, Lonely I’m Not, Bachelorette, Some Men, Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage); The Pain Of My Belligerence, Assistance, A Small Fire (Drama Desk nomination), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons); Choir Boy (MTC); Murder Ballad (MTC and Union Square Theatre), The Mother, I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic); Roulette (EST); The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick); The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center); Dog Sees God (Century Center); US Drag (stageFARM); and several productions with The Play Company. London: The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: Geffen, Alliance, Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Bay Street, Williamstown Theater Festival.
scenic design by MARK WENDLAND
costume design by PALOMA YOUNG
lighting design by BEN STANTON
sound design by DARRON L WEST
production stage manager LORI ANN ZEPP
casting by TELSEY + COMPANY/ ADAM CALDWELL, CSA, WILL CANTLER, CSA, KARYN CASL, CSA
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