Three Sisters has stood the test of time

With a professional staging of Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters about to be seen on Vancouver stages for the first time in 30 years, Culture Vulture David C Jones speaks with assistant director Cameron Mackenzie Deveau about the production.

Manami Hara, Rachel Aberle and Emma Slipp in The Only Child Collective production of Three Sisters. Photo by Emily Cooper. Written in 1900, Chekhov’s Three Sisters tells the story of four aristocratic siblings (featuring Manami Hara, Rachel Aberle and Emma Slipp in photo right by Emily Cooper) as their hopes of returning to social prominence slip away over the course of four years.

A turn-of the-20th-century play about dreams that don’t come true, Three Sisters is surprisingly funny, hopeful and remarkably relevant despite the great distance between a czarist Russian village and today’s Vancouver.

Three Sisters is a play that has stood the test of time and resonated with audiences in every era since it debuted in 1901,” says director Jane Heyman. “In today’s economic climate, its story of hope in the face of disappointment is one we all need to hear.

Jones and Mackenzie Deveau talk of that relevance to modern audiences and the diversity in casting to help Vancouver audiences connect to the story.

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov
3 – 20 April 2013
The Cultch Vancity Culture Lab

Written in 1900, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters tells the story of the four aristocratic Prozorov siblings — Olga, Masha, Irina, and their brother Andrei — as their dreams of returning to social prominence slip away over the course of four years. A turn-of the-20th-century play about dreams that don’t come true, Three Sisters is surprisingly funny and hopeful throughout. The play is remarkably relevant despite the great distance between a czarist Russian village and today’s Vancouver.  Visit http://www.facebook.com/ThreeSistersInVancouver for more information.

David C Jones

David C JonesDavid C. Jones is an arts lover and a critical thinker.  He makes films, directs plays, teaches, is a professional emcee and writes for the OUTtv website and The Charlebois Post.

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