Washington DC CHESS principals
Pictured left from top to bottom: Jill Paice (Florence), Euan Morton (Anatoly), Jeremy Kushnier (Freddie), Eleasha Gamble (Svetlana/Dance Captain) and Chris Sizemore (Arbiter).
The Signature Theater hosts CHESS until 26 September. It opened on August 10.
As has become customary over the years, the director of the Washington production has created a unique version of CHESS – the show opens with Florence as a young child separated from her father – Lullaby (Apukad eros Kezen) is used as a rather effective and haunting opening, Florence grows up to be an accomplished chess player in her own right, there is no Merano or Story of Chess, the story takes place firstly in Bangkok and then later in Budapest.
Freddie decides he is actually better off without Florence and doesn’t try to woo her back to him.
Oh – and in case CHESS aficionados are wondering, Someone Else’s Story is sung by Florence in this production.
The drama and love story is up front and fully centre stage and the plot is apparently tighter and more transparent than can sometimes be the case.
It seems as if word of this small production is spreading and the consensus is that this is a good version and well worth seeing. Find out more at the Signature Theatre’s website, where you can also snap up tickets right through until 26 September.
See introduction by the cast:
See clips from the show: