May 5, 2009 -
June 14, 2009
By Anton Chekhov, Adapted by Tracy Letts
Directed By Jon Kretzu
Running Time - Approximately 2 hrs 45 min with one 20 minute intermission.
This adaptation of the Russian masterpiece was commissioned by Artists Rep as part three of its four-part Chekhov project. Letts gives us a fresh, new look at the decay of the privileged class and the search for meaning in the modern world, through the eyes of three dissatisfied sisters who desperately long for their treasured past. Letts, whose Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County is currently the toast of Broadway, is considered to be one of the major voices in American theater today.
Olga Andrea Frankle*
Masha Luisa Sermol*
Irina Amaya Villazan++
Andrey Prozorov Todd Van Voris*++
Natasha Marjorie Tatum+
Kulygin Michael Mendelson*++
Vershinin Patrick Dizney*
Baron Tusenbach David Folsom*
Solyony Jeffrey Jason Gilpin
Chebutykin Ted Schulz
Fedotik Schuyler Schmid+
Rode Tom Walton
Ferapont Kenneth Springs
Anfisa Vana O'Brien++
Scenic Designer Jeff Seats
Lighting Designer Jeff Forbes
Composer/Sound Designer Rodolfo Ortega
Costume Designer Sarah Gahagan
Properties Designer Mina Kinukawa
Stage Manager Carol Ann Wohlmut
Following the death of their army officer father, the Moscow-bred sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina lead lonely and purposeless lives in a Russian provincial town. Olga, the eldest, attempts to find satisfaction in teaching, but she yearns for a family of her own. Masha, unhappy with her marriage to timid Kuligan, falls hopelessly in love with a married colonel. Irina works in the local telegraph office but dreams of finding happiness and love in Moscow. Brother Andrei’s marriage to Natasha, a pretentious peasant girl, creates new pressures and problems for the family. Natasha gradually encroaches on the family home until even the private refuge of the sisters is destroyed. The sisters dream of starting a new life in Moscow but are weighted down with the practicalities of their quiet existence. Despite their past failures, they resolve to seek some purpose and hope when the army post is withdrawn from the town.
The Playwright – Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts became a Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member in 2002 and was recently named an Artistic Associate. He has appeared at Steppenwolf in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and in the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie. He appeared in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Alliance Theatre Company). Previous Chicago stage credits include The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (A Red Orchid Theatre), Conquest of the South Pole (Famous Door), Bouncers (the Next Lab) and his directorial debut at the Lookingglass Theatre with Great Men of Science Nos. 21 and 22. He is the author of Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London. His play Superior Donuts opened at Steppenwolf in June 2008. Letts was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2008 Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County.
The Playwright – Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov’s playwriting career produced four classics The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard, while his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife," he once said, "and literature is my mistress." Chekhov began writing The Seagull in 1894, in a lodge he had built in the orchard at Melikhovo. The Seagull opened on October 17, 1896 at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in Petersburg. It was a fiasco, booed by the audience, and stung Chekhov into renouncing the theatre. But the play so impressed the playwright Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko that he convinced Constantin Stanislavski to direct it for the innovative Moscow Art Theatre in 1898. Stanislavski's attention to psychological realism and ensemble playing coaxed the buried subtleties from the text and restored Chekhov's interest in playwriting. The Moscow Art Theatre commissioned more plays from Chekhov and the following year staged Uncle Vanya, which Chekhov had completed in 1896. Three Sisters followed in 1901 and The Cherry Orchard in 1904. For more on the life and work of Anton Chekov, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Chekhov
Recommended for teen and adult audiences. Includes adult language.
*Member of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
+Equity Membership Candidate
++Member of Artists Repertory Theatre Resident Acting Company
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