Chekhov’s Ivanov, Starring Ethan Hawke, Begins Performances

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Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov begins performances today, October 17, at off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. The Classic Stage Company’s new production has already been extended by two weeks to Dec. 9 at CSC’s home on East 13th Street. Ethan Hawke plays the title role, sometimes referred to as “the Russian Hamlet.” Austin Pendleton directs.

“What’s the matter with me?” demands Ivanov. “It’s like something just broke inside. When we’re twenty we’re all heroes, we think we can do everything and then suddenly we’re thirty and useless.”

Ivanov follows a bureaucratic official who loses his zest for life as he deals with his increasingly complicated surroundings, including a suffering wife, rising debt and turbulent relationships with the people around him. Ethan Hawke, best known for The Coast of Utopia, “Training Day” with Denzel Washington and “Dead Poets Society” with Robin Williams, stars alongside Joely Richardson.

Ivanov has a set design by Santo Loquasto, costumes by Marco Piemontese, lighting design by Keith Parham and sound design and original music by Ryan Rumery.

The Off-Broadway staging is part of CSC’s popular and acclaimed Chekhov Cycle, for which Pendleton directed Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya.

The classic 1887 play will officially open Nov. 4. The engagement was originally announced to close on Nov. 25.