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Adaptor/Director Joe Lehman Three Sisters – Alone Adapted by Joe Lehman from Anton Chekhov’s play Three Sisters

It's opening night … a night to celebrate the magic of theatre … a night to revel in the subtle sorrows of Chekhov’s story ... a night for glamour and pageantry … a night for a horrible ice storm that cuts off power, forces a captive audience into a local home with a backup generator, strands the rest of the cast out of town, and makes 3 actors fill in for 14 using only what props and costumes they can find at the last minute.  A night that screams – THE SHOW MUST GO ON!  After all, what else could possibly go wrong? Did we mention there would be puppets, a musical number, jealous lovers and that Roger is concussed?  Join us for Maple Moose cookies and fun as our friends north of the border make Chekhov roll over as they present: Three Sisters-Alone!

Three Sisters is a naturalistic play about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world. It describes the lives and aspirations of the Prozorov family, the three sisters (Olga, Masha, and Irina) and their brother Andrei. They are a family dissatisfied and frustrated with their present existence. The sisters are refined and cultured young women who grew up in urban Moscow; however for the past eleven years they have been living in a small provincial town. Moscow is a major symbolic element: the sisters are always dreaming of it and constantly express their desire to return. They identify Moscow with their happiness, and thus to them it represents the perfect life. However as the play develops Moscow never materializes and they all see their dreams recede further and further. Meaning never presents itself and they are forced to seek it out for themselves. Read more here.

Illustration from the Library of Congress Yudin Collection

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Illustrated paper cover of Chekhov's Tri sestry [Three sisters] (St. Petersburg: Izd. A. F. Marksa, 1901).

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