Tyrion Lannister has found a new lady to take up room in his heart, and her name is… Litchfield inmate Piper Chapman? Wait… what?!
Well, that last statement is partially true. Russian playwright Ivan Turgenev’s classic morality comedy of manners, A Month in the Country, will play host to the two actors that embody those roles in a revival production being put on by the Classic Stage, heading to the New York theater scene this January. And two of our favorites, Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage and Orange is the New Black‘s Taylor Schilling, will tackle the main characters, Rakitin and Natalya, during the show’s run.
Though this is not the first time these two have worked together — they previously appeared in a 2008 production of Uncle Vanya at Bard College — it will be Schilling’s first time on a proper, New York City stage. Making things easy for theater veteran Dinklage no doubt, will be the fact that his wife, Erica Schmidt, has been tapped to direct the play.
Set at a Russian country estate in the 1840s, A Month in the Country focuses on the aforementioned Rakitin and Natalya as they struggle with feelings and boredom and the calamity that ensues when trying to mend one with the other.
And before you pass judgement on it based on a simple sentence descriptor alone, a bit more background information. The show was originally titled The Student before it was banned from being performed at all by the Saint Petersburg censor. After another title change — Two Women — and moral alterations were made to the text, it was finally allowed to be published in 1854, when it was renamed again.
The last time the show was performed in America was in 1995, when Criterion Center Stage Right hosed a Scott Ellis-directed, Helen Mirren and Ron Rifkin-starring iteration of the work, for which the actress was nominated for a Tony. This go-around the play will premiere on January 9th, 2015 and run through February 15th at Classic Stage’s East Village theater on East 13th Street.
This is all just begging for some Orange is the New Game of Thrones mash-up fan art, isn’t it? Leave some in the comments, please!