Irving will play Varvara Bakunin and Maria Ogarev/ Her Broadway credits include Amadeus, Heartbreak House, Broken Glass, and Three Sisters and she was most recently seen Off-Broadway in A Safe Harbor for Elizabeth Bishop. Harner will play the Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. His extensive Off-Broadway credits include The Paris Letter, Orange Flower Water, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, and Hedda Gabler, for which he won an Obie Award.
The Coast of Utopia begins in mid-19th century Russia during the repressive reign of Tsar Nicholas I and spans a period of 30 years. It tells the story of a group of intellectuals -- headed by the radical theorist and editor Alexander Herzen, the novelist Ivan Turgenev, the literary critic Vissarion Belinsky, and the aristocrat-turned-anarchist Michael Bakunin -- who strive to effect change in the political system by using their minds as their only weapon.
The three parts of the play will be presented on separate evenings, and will have staggered openings at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. On three Saturdays -- February 24, March 3, and March 10 -- audience members will be able to see all three parts in one-day marathons beginning at 11am. Click on the following links for more information about Part Two - Shipwreck; and Part Three - Salvage.