Production Ensemble 2013
The Department of Theater and the 2013 Production Ensemble present Anton Chekhov's THREE SISTERS in the Swarthmore College Lang Performing Arts Center (LPAC) Pearson Hall Theater, April 5th, 2013 at 8PM, April 6th, 2013 at 2PM and 8PM and April 7th at 2PM.
Richard Hamburger's modern take on this popular classic brings a new twist to this story about the decline of the privileged class in tumultuous turn of the century Russia. The play's action brings alive the intimate details and aspirations of a cultured family of three sisters and one brother who move from urban Moscow to a small provincial town and search for meaning in modernity as they struggle with their isolated existence. The meaning of life, of course, never presents itself, and the symbolic representation of their happiness, Moscow, never materializes. Directed by Richard Hamburger with Aaron Matis, Michaela Shuchman, Casey Ferrara, Mark Levine, Maddie Charne, Nathan Siegel, Stefan Tuomanen-Masure, Allison Hrabar, Michelle Johnson, Jack Sailer, Josh Peck, Isabel Knight, Anushka Mehta, and Tyler Elliott and with Set by Matt Saunders, Lighting by James P. Murphy, Sound by Liz Atkinson and Costumes by Laila Swanson. Presented by special arrangement with Helen Merrill, LLC.
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) grew up in a provincial area of Ukraine Russia and went on to study and practice medicine in Moscow. He began his career as a writer with short and humorous sketches in the Moscow newspaper and in the 1880s became known for his short stories. His first play, The Seagull, was produced at the Moscow Art Theater in 1896 and he went on to much success with Uncle Vanya (1899), Three Sisters (1901) and finally, The Cherry Orchard (1904). He died of tuberculosis at age forty-four.