Theatre at Tarleton to present Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters’

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STEPHENVILLE (March 30, 2015) — Tarleton State University’s Department of Fine Arts presents Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, a moving and subtle drama that closely examines the lives of the Prozorov family and their aspirations to live in Moscow.

Directed by Carol Stavish, associate professor of fine arts, Three Sisters will run at 7:30 p.m. each evening, April 7-11, at Tarleton’s Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center theater.

After a refined upbringing in Mosocw, three sisters—Irina, Masha and Olga—are moved to a provincial Russian town where they are bored by their ordinary existence. Following the death of their Army commandant father, the sisters seek to return to Moscow in search of work and relationships that will restore joy and meaning to their lives. First produced in 1901, this play depicts a classic Chekhov theme of the decay of the privileged class in Russia, alongside the search for meaning in the modern world.

The sisters’ lives are further complicated by their relationship with their underachieving brother, Andrei, who is content to serve the town’s council rather than pursue more ambitious goals, and their overbearing sister-in-law Natasha, who moves from a shy country girl to a domineering shrew as the play’s events unfold. “Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day to day living that wears you out,” said Chekhov. Three Sisters is a fitting demonstration of that.

Performing in Three Sisters are Hank Baldree (Andrei), Emily Trinque (Masha), Courtney Fugler (Olga), and Erina Han (Irina).

Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, high school students, faculty and staff with a Tarleton ID; and $5 for Tarleton students with an ID.  The box office will open on Monday, March 30. Hours are 2-6 p.m. on weekdays. For ticket information, call 254-968-9634.

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