Classic Stage season to include Chekhov, Ruhl plays

Gotham’s Classic Stage Company has announced its 2011 season, including a new “Three Sisters” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard and new work by Sarah Ruhl and Shakespeare. Yes, that Shakespeare.

Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard will star alongside Mamie Gummer and Josh Hamilton in the influential Chekhov drama. Austin Pendleton (who directed much of the “Sisters” cast in CSC’s 2009 “Uncle Vanya”) will helm the January production.

In March, company will also mount “Double Falsehood,” a play newly admitted to the Shakespeare canon this year after centuries of debate (authorship is also partly attributed to John Fletcher). Play will be minimally staged by CSC a.d. Brian Kulick.

Starting the season off in September will be Sarah Ruhl’s adaptation of Virginia Woolf novel “Orlando,” helmed by Rebecca Taichman. Play chronicles the adventures of a young nobleman who switches sexes and lives through 300 years of women’s history.

“Venus in Fur” helmer Walter Bobbie will reunite with “Venus” scribe and CSC regular David Ives for “School for Lies,” a riff on Moliere comedy “The Misanthrope,” slated for April.

Season will wrap in June 2011 with helmer Tony Speciale’s “Unnatural Acts,” a play (based on actual events) about the secret inquest Harvard University set up to discipline homosexual students in 1920.

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