Re-orchestrated by some of the greatest playwrights of our day, Chekhov’s masterwork was originally inspired by great English authors, the Bronte sisters. The piece was part of an era of reinvention for theater art, a dismissal of old acting styles with a desire to do something fresh and alive and real. The work of Chekhov, staged by Stanislavski at the Moscow Art Theater changed the vision of what reality in theater meant.
We’ve gone through a recent metamorphosis with television, understanding and relating to the drama inherent in our own lives. By carefully selecting, crafting, and editing real life situations, we’ve pursued the same aesthetic that MAT was pursuing as the avante garde at the turn of the last century.
At the core is humanity. Three sisters who struggle to find their roles in a changing world. A domineering sister-in-law, soldiers, a town fire, the hope for something better at a loss as to how to achieve it.
Our production will be a complete immersion into their world. Sitting around their dining table, among their treasured possessions, we meet Olga, Maria, and Irina in the most private spaces of their home. Their lives are funny, touching, sad, and frighteningly like our own.