LOGAN – Famed playwright Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters takes stage in the Black Box Theatre on February 3. The play runs February 3-4 and 7-11 at 7:30 p.m.
A year after the death of their army officer father, Olga, Masha and Irina, the Moscow-bred Prozorov sisters, are finding life drab and increasingly hopeless in a small provincial town in prerevolutionary Russia. Only the proximity of a nearby army post and the company of its officers make their existence bearable. The sisters are desperate to change their situation, leave behind the disappointments and failures of their lives and follow their dream to go to Moscow.
“Chekhov is one of the great writers of the Western Canon and one of the fathers of modernism in theater,” Leslie Brott, head of actor training in the Caine College of the Arts and director of the show, said. “Instead of stories always being about kings, queens and the aristocracy, he started to write plays about normal people that didn’t neatly tie up with a bow.”
Brott said the genre wasn’t popular when Chekhov first started writing. His plays did not adhere to the form people were used to.
“Another one of the particular reasons the Department of Theatre Arts selected this play is because there were so many great roles for women,” Brott said. “One of the challenges in Western theater is that roles are still written 2:1 or 3:1 for men. In this case, the women are the major players in the show.”
Casting for Three Sisters goes across the board, Brott said. There are freshman through seniors in leading roles. It’s an opportunity for all four of the cohorts to mix and the more inexperienced can learn from cohorts who have had more performance opportunities.
“The show is like going in to watch the life of an entire household throughout a selected afternoon or evening over the course of five years,” Brott said. “Big, dramatic events don’t necessarily take place on stage. The things that change everyone’s lives happen behind the scenes, but we see the impact of them on stage resonating out like waves on water.”
Tickets for Three Sisters are $13 adults, $10 seniors/youth, $8 USU faculty/staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or tickets, contact the CCA Box Office in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022, or go online to cca.usu.edu.