This new translation of Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov by Carol Rocamora stars Ethan Hawke and Joely Richardson in a production directed by Austin Pendleton. Chekhov’s play focuses on a declining bureaucrat and his attempt to renew his life. But life and its intricacies, nuances and unpredictable occurrences seem to be against Ivanov. Will he be able to cope?
Ivanov is a bureaucratic official who is being crushed by debt, responsibilities and regrets. He wants to find his energy for living once again but is beleaguered by an ill wife, unsettling relationships and ongoing pressures. Can he survive and flourish? This Chekhov drama first resonates with hope but suddenly ends in despair and futility. Ivanov is a study of what it is to be human, fragile and imperfect.
Ivanov Ethan Hawke
Anna Joely Richardson
Written by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Carol Rocamora
Director Austin Pendleton
Set Designer Santo Loquasto
Costume Designer Marco Piemontese
Lighting Designer Keith Parham
Original Music and Sound Designer Ryan Rumery
Classic Stage Company
136 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
Preview: Oct. 17, 2012 Open: Nov. 4, 2012 Status: Limited run; Closing Dec. 9, 2012