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Jessica Hecht,

Ranevskaya

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Hecht received an Emmy Award nomination for her performance in the Netflix series Special.  She has been seen on television in the limited series Super Pumped and The Loudest Voice and in her recurring roles in The Sinner, Dickinson, The Boys, and Succession.  She is also recognizable to television audiences as Susan Bunch on the iconic television series Friends and Gretchen Schwarz on Breaking Bad.  She has also played memorable roles on Bored to Death, High Maintenance, Falling Water, The Single Guy, and Red Oaks.  Her film performances include A+, Anesthesia, J. Edgar, The Grey Zone, The Sitter, My Soul to Take, Dan in Real Life, Sideways, The Atlantic City Story and The Sunlit Night. An acclaimed stage actress, Hecht has appeared on Broadway in productions of The Price opposite Mark Ruffalo, Fiddler on the Roof opposite Danny Burstein, The Assembled Parties opposite Judith Light, Harvey opposite Jim Parsons, After the Fall opposite Carla Gugino, The Last Night of Ballyhoo opposite Paul Rudd, Brighton Beach Memoirs opposite Laurie Metcalf, Julius Caesar opposite Denzel Washington, and A View from the Bridge opposite Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in King Lear opposite John Lithgow and Annette Bening, Stage Kiss opposite Sandra Oh, Three Sisters opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, and at Lincoln Center Theater in Admissions for which she received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination and an Obie Award.

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MEET THE CAST

Mikhail
Baryshnikov,
Anton Chekhov & Firs

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Born in Riga, Latvia and living in New York City, Baryshnikov has distinguished himself as an extraordinary dancer and performer in theater, television and film. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has worked with George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and many other illustrious choreographers and directors. On Broadway: Metamorphosis (Steven Berkoff) . Off-Broadway: Beckett Shorts (JoAnne Akalaitis). National and international tours: Forbidden Christmas, or the Doctor and the Patient (Rezo Gabriadze), In Paris (Dmitry Krymov), Man in a Case (Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar), Brodsky/Baryshnikov (Alvis Hermanis), The White Helicopter (Alvis Hermanis), The Old Woman (Robert Wilson), Letter to A Man (Robert Wilson). Current film installation NOT ONCE. (Jan Fabre). Baryshnikov is an Academy Award and Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award recipient, the Kennedy Center Honors, and the National Medal of Arts. He was Artistic Director of American Ballet Theater (1980-89) and co-founder and dancer of White Oak Dance Project (1989-2000). He is the founder and artistic director of Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Juliet Brett,

Anya

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Brett (she/her) was most recently seen in the feature film Deep Water (starring Ben Affleck & Ana de Armas). She heavily recurred on the FX series Fosse/Verdon as Nicole Fosse alongside Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. On stage, Juliet made her debut in Beth Henley's The Jacksonian at The New Group alongside Ed Harris, Bill Pullman, and Amy Madigan. Other theater includes: Napoli, Brooklyn (Roundabout),  What I Did Last Summer (Signature), Desire (59e59), Mr. Wolf (Rajiv Joseph, w.p at Cleveland Playhouse). Additional Select Film/TV: The Walking Dead, Red Oaks (Amazon), Noah Baumbachs' Mistress American, J.C Chandors' A Most Violent Year, CSI: New York, Law & Order: SVU. Socials: @julietbrett 

Darya Denisova, Charlotta

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Denisova is a Boston based actor known for her work with SpeakEasy Stage Company, Actors' Shakespeare Project and Arlekin Players, and has been recognized by The New York Times (critic's pick) and leading Boston critics for her roles at Arlekin Players. Recipient: 2020 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress for Arlekin’s The Stone. Select Lead Roles:  Memorial Prayer, Natasha’s Dream, Tales of the Last Wednesday, Dead Man’s Diary, МЫ-US, The Stone, The Seagull and State VS Natasha Banina (all Arlekin Players productions). Select National/ International theatre: United SOLO festival (New York); SOLO Festival (Moscow, Russia);  and HighFest Theatre Festival (Yerevan, Armenia) with her award-winning solo performance Natasha’s Dream. She studied acting at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow. She has taught documentary theatre at the Startalk School at Harvard University and the Stanislavsky method at the Igor Golyak acting studio. 

Elise Kibler,
Varya

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Kibler has appeared Off-Broadway in Is Edward Snowden Single? (The Pool Plays), All the Natalie Portmans (MTC), Mies Julie (Classic Stage Company), Napoli, Brooklyn (Roundabout Theatre Company), Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons), London Wall (Mint Theater). She has also been seen on Broadway in The Heidi Chronicles and This is Our Youth. She trained at NYU Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film & TV. Elise is also a writer and filmmaker. 

John McGinty,

Trofimov

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McGinty has appeared on Broadway in Children of a Lesser God with Joshua Jackson, King Lear w/ Glenda Jackson. New York: Fêtes de la Nuit, World Premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s The Healing, Veritas, Movement of the Soul. Regional: Block Association (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Levity (Warren Miller PAC), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Sacramento Music Circus and La Mirada Theatre - first Deaf actor to play Quasimodo), Tribes (Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Everyman Theatre), Pippin (Center Theatre Group / Deaf West). Film: Better Nate Than Ever, Wonderstruck (with Julianne Moore), Sign, The First Purge, Up Until Now. TV: New Amsterdam, Lisey's Story, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, This Close, High Maintenance, Don’t Shoot the Messenger. Upcoming: Hamlet (Hamlet) with Deaf West/Fiasco Theater. Thrilled to join the cast of The Orchard! Thanks to KMR Talent, Ivy Rock Management, and to his family. @TheJohnMcGinty

Nael Nacer, Lopakhin

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Nacer is making his NY debut. Regional credits include: Our Town (dir. David Cromer), Romeo and Juliet, A Doll’s House, Bedroom Farce (dir. Maria Aitken), Awake and Sing! (Huntington Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (dir. Igor Golyak), Macbeth (Actors' Shakespeare Project); People, Places & Things, Small Mouth Sounds, Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage); The Tempest (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); The Seagull (dir. Igor Golyak), ChekhovOS (Arlekin Players); The Return (Israeli Stage), Tiny Beautiful Things, True West, The Flick (Gloucester Stage); Constellations (Central Square Theatre); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Intimate Apparel (Lyric Stage), A Number, Lungs, The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre); The Aliens, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Company One). 

Mark Nelson,

Gaev

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Nelson appeared in New York in Angels in America (standby Roy Cohn, 2018); My Name Is Asher Lev (Lortel nomination); Ari Brand’s Scenes from Childhood; Three Sisters at the Roundabout (Andrei); The Invention of Love (Lincoln Center Theater); Timon of Athens with Richard Thomas (Public Theater); and as Albert Einstein in Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Obie Award). For director Sam Mendes, he played Herr Schultz in Cabaret, and toured with The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale (BAM/ The Old Vic/ Epidaurus.) Favorite roles include Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (The Shakespeare Theater, D.C.); the title role in Uncle Vanya, directed by Bartlett Sher; Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly; and two solo plays: I Am My Own Wife and Underneath the Lintel (Long Wharf Theater.) TV credits include Law and OrderThe Good Wife and Julia on HBO. Mark has directed plays at Manhattan Theater Club, McCarter Theater, Berkshire Theater Festival and the Juilliard School. He teaches at Circle in the Square and HB Studio. 

Ilia Volok,

Passerby

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Volok was born in Kiev, Ukraine, where he lived for the first half of his life. He is a graduate of Moscow Art Theatre School and a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio. Ilia has appeared in over 170 films and television shows, most recently The Palace, directed by Roman Polanski. Other selected films include Gemini Man, opposite Will Smith; The Immigrant, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Marion Cotillard; Hunter Killer, opposite Gerard Butler and Gary Oldman; Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 4. Ilia also played the male lead in the independent feature Balloon Animal. Recent television includes recurring roles on HBO's Minx, The Last Ship and Scandal. Ilia’s theater credits include The Revisionist at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing arts, opposite Tony Award winner Deanna Dunagan. His one-man show Diary of a Madman won the LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Solo Performance, enjoyed two successful Off Broadway runs in New York, and toured internationally. Ilia is a Faculty of the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in Los Angeles.