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Three Sisters
By ANTON CHEKHOV
A new translation by CURT COLUMBUS
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
On the F. Otto Haas Stage
March 20 – April 20, 2014

Sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina live in a provincial Russian town with their younger brother, Andre. The siblings have wildly different personalities, yet each is confronted with choices faced by all young people. Master playwright Anton Chekhov shares their aspirations, obsessions, loves, and lusts. We follow the family from birthday parties to an anticipated wedding; from catastrophes to seasonal parties - and through their lives we share their dreams and disappointments. This re-mastering of Three Sisters is uncluttered, compelling, and vibrant.

Recommended for 9th grade and above.

Three Sisters has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


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“There’s exhilaration whenever an artist achieves the kind of clarity of vision that Chekhov does.”
–The New York Times


Photos by Mark Garvin





Inside Chekhov Part Two
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Inside Chekhov Part Three
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Inside Chekhov Part Four



Look in at the Arden's two year exploration of Chekhov's work.






Critical Acclaim–

“Nolen's production ended up being the most approachable, most engaging production of Chekhov I've ever seen.”
Talkin’Broadway   [Read More]

“In the 20-plus years I’ve been attending the Arden, I’ve seen many fine shows. But this one is something special…Arden’s Three Sisters is always intriguing and often triumphant — a must-see!”
Three Sisters is a cultural event that sets a new standard.”

City Paper   [Read More]

““The Arden's production is bold and honest with a strong cast.”
“The ingenious use of digital media the Arden Theatre uses never cease to amaze me, and Three Sisters is no exception to this.”

Broadway World   [Read More]

“Truly riveting at times, Three Sisters is an ambitious and impressively original approach to the Chekov standard, and it serves Curt Columbus’ contemporary translation nicely.”
Philly Weekly   [Read More]

“Curt Columbus's clean translation…accomplishes much in a seemingly effortless modernization.”
“Among the main reasons this Three Sisters is so remarkable is the ensemble”
“The Arden's director, cast, and designers have mastered the unobtrusive art of being understated and extraordinary at the same time”

CurtainUp Review by Kathryn Osenlund   [Read More]

“Should not be missed!”
“All three "sisters" are outstanding”
“vibrant, well-acted, well-directed!”

Philadelphia Jewish Voice Review by Lisa Grunberger   [Read More]

“making Chekhov resonate is Arden Theater director Terrence J. Nolen by staging Curt Columbus’ new English translation”
EDGE Philadelphia Review by Lewis Whittington   [Read More]


In the News–

Three Sisters, the searing, ambiguous masterpiece often called "Chekhov's Lear," is in previews at the Arden Theatre. Directed by Terrence J. Nolen, it's the result of two arduous years of development.”
Philadelphia Inquirer   [Read More]

“The cast of 14 actors has been working on this production for a year, attending writing workshops with the translator Curt Columbus, vetting every word and every comma, bringing their own skills to bear (two of the actors speak Russian, several are musicians), and going to rehearsal after rehearsal for this story of the complicated lives of four siblings.”
Newsworks/WHYY   [Read More]




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Three Sisters
Estimated Run Time
3 hours including one
15 min intermission

Single Tickets BUY
$36-$48 - adults
$15 - teens

Groups of 15+ BUY
$15-$35


Cast
Jake Blouch (Fedotik)
Rebecca Gibel (Natasha)
Scott Greer (Chebutykin)
Sam Henderson (Solyony)
James Ijames (Tuzenbach)
Daniel Ison (Rode)
Louis Lippa (Ferapont)
Ian Merrill Peakes (Vershinin)
Katharine Powell (Masha)
Sarah Sanford (Olga)
Cathy Simpson (Anfisa)
Luigi Sottile (Andre)
Charlie Thurston (Kulygin)
Mary Tuomanen (Irina)


Scenic Designer
EUGENE LEE
Costume Designer
OLIVERA GAJIC
Lighting Designer
F. MITCHELL DANA
Sound and Video Designer
JORGE COUSINEAU
Composer
JAMES SUGG
Dramaturg
SALLY OLLOVE
Stage Manager
ALEC E. FERRELL




Media Partner:
Philadelphia Weekly

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