Taylor Schilling, Peter Dinklage to Star in Off-Broadway Revival of Turgenev's 'A Month in the Country'

By Jon Sobel on Aug 20, 2014 10:27 AM EDT

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, best known in recent years as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, and Taylor Schilling, currently Emmy-nominated for the lead role of Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black, will star in an Off-Broadway revival of Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company this winter.

Additional casting has yet to be announced for the production, directed by Erica Schmidt, Dinklage's wife, and scheduled to run January 9 - February 15, 2015.

Though best known for his screen roles (Nip/Tuck, Threshold, Elf, The Station Agent, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Dinklage has appeared Off-Broadway before, notably in the title role of Richard III at the Public Theater a decade ago.

A Month in the Country will be Schilling's New York professional stage debut. Her role in Turgenev's 19th-century comedy of manners is the central one of Natalya Petrovna, the bored wife of a rich landowner, who allows a friendship to blossom with her resentful admirer Mikhail Rakitin (Dinklage) but falls in love instead with a handsome young student.

Helen Mirren received a Tony nomination in the last Broadway production of the play, in 1995. Among the other major names who appeared in English-language versions in the 20th century are Ingrid Bergman, Michael Redgrave, Emlyn Williams, Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Tammy Grimes and Amanda Plummer. The first Broadway production in 1930, directed by Rouben Mamoulian, starred the legendary Alla Nazimova.

As we reported last month, Nicole Kidman was in talks to appear in a West End production of A Month in the Country with Ian Rickson directing, presumably some time in 2015.

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TagsIvan Turgenev, Turgenev, A Month in the Country, Orange is the New Black, Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, Taylor Schilling, Classic Stage, Off-Broadway, Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren

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