Three Sisters

 

The Red Room, January 2010
The Cherry Pit, February 2010

 

On the cusp of a revolution, Chekhov's everyday heroines struggle to find meaning amidst a tempest of fractured memories, distant hopes, and thwarted vitality. The Three Sisters combines live music and visceral performances to create a powerful communal experience in an intimate space. With audience surrounding the action on all sides, the production embraces its own theatrical illusion through the use of live video and by integrating the spectators into the action.
 

Directed by Jess Chayes
Text by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Michael Henry Heim
Scenic/Environmental Design Nick Benacerraf and The Assembly
Lighting Design Derek Wright
Video Design Edward Bauer & The Assembly
Costume Design Justine Lacy
Music Brendan McDonough
Props Master Ben Beckley
Research Dramaturg Stephen Aubrey
Production Dramaturg Nick Benacerraf
Stage Manager Katy Moore
Producer Rosalind Grush & Horse Trade Theater Group

Cast: Cecil Baldwin (Kulygin), Edward Bauer (Solyony), Ben Beckley (Andrei), Kate Benson (Masha), Peter Feliz (Ferapont), Christopher Hurt (Chebutykin), Kate MacCluggage (Olga), Susan McCallum (Anfisa), Brendan McDonough (Rode), Moti Margolin (Tuzenbach), Levi Morger (Vershinin), Emily Perkins (Irina), Alley Scott (Natasha), Steve Stout (Fedotik)

“The Assembly Theatre Project is staging an inventive, lively, passionate Sisters, which effectively answers both the demands of the play and the oddities of its performance space…

Theatergoers stopped being surprised by fourth-wall-violations long ago. But Three Sisters invites us in so gently, so courteously, and the production takes our involvement so seriously, that we rush to meet it halfway. The second act concludes with some business about tea; we are served tea at intermission. The final act takes place in an orchard; we are given dead branches to hold. This is hilarious, but it’s more than superficially clever — peering at the scene through branches, we are standing in for our own voyeurism, which becomes a part of the play. In this way the stage, and the production itself, are redefined to include us and the entire theater, and it is magical. We are transformed.

Marianne Moore, Show Business Weekly on THREE SISTERS