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Three Sisters

a drama by Anton Chekhov
adapted by Libby Appel, translated by Allison Horsley


Department of Theatre & Drama

Arthur Miller Theatre
November 21-24, 2013

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The Story: Three sisters and their brother find themselves on their own after the death of their parents. Stuck in a small town hundreds of miles from Moscow, they long to return to the sophistication of that city. But life, with all its complications, frustrations and unexpected turns, interrupts their plans. Mired in the provinces, the family struggles to sustain hope in the belief that they will, some day, fulfill their dreams.

Background: Since its first production in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre, Anton Chekhov’sThree Sistershas been considered one of the undoubted masterpieces of modern theatre. Unique to this adaptation byU-M alumna Libby Appel (former Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival)is the inclusion of variants, elements of Chekhov’s original writing that had been either excised or changed by others. This adaptation preserves theelegance of language and the subtle, yet profound passions of the characters that are the heart of Chekhov’s style. Filled with love, laughter, loss, and compromise,Three Sistersis a tale of how hope, no matter how illusory, enables us to endure.


Artistic Staff

Director Priscilla Lindsay
Scenic Designer Gary Decker
Costume Designer Katie Lantz
Lighting Designer Liz Williams
Sound Designer Henry Reynolds
Stage Manager Elana Lantry



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Photography Credits:

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Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower