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Three Sisters (van Itallie Adaptation)

Three Sisters (van Itallie Adaptation)
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Anton Chekhov
Adapted by: Jean-Claude van Itallie
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 72
Pub. Date: 1995
ISBN-10: 0822211432
ISBN-13: 9780822211433

About the Play:

Three Sisters is a full-length drama by Anton Chekhov, in a revised English version by Jean-Claude van Itallie. This eloquent, sensitive adaptation of the play that many consider to be Chekhov's masterpiece brings new life and pertinence to a modern classic.

Trapped in a provincial Russian town after the death of their father, three sisters lament the passing of better times and long for the excitement of Moscow. One of them has married a local high school teacher; another has become a teacher herself; the third has settled for a dull job in the local telegraph office. Their principal interest is focused on the officers of the local regiment, of which their father had been commandant, men who bring a sense of sophistication and the world outside to their stultified existence. Much of the action is concerned with the events of daily life: their brother's dull marriage; bittersweet flirtations with the regimental officers; and the gossip and restrictions of small town life. In the end the fateful pattern of their existence is made clear — their dreams will be denied but, despite all, there must always be hope, however futile, and the ways of the world are to be accepted, if not understood.

Jean-Claude van Itallie's version of Three Sisters was first produced in 1979 at the Rokeby Estate in Rhinebeck, New York. In 1979 it premiered both at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts and at the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) in New York (with Sam Waterston and Diane Weist).

Cast: 16 performers: 7 women, minimum of 7 men (14 total)

About the Playwright:

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) was the author of hundreds of short stories and several plays and is regarded by many as both the greatest Russian storyteller and the father of modern drama. From Chekhov, many contemporary playwrights have learnt how to use mood, apparent trivialities and inaction to highlight the internal psychology of characters. He is buried in Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.

Jean-Claude van Itallie is one of the most distinguished playwrights of the American avant-garde. Born in Brussels in 1936, emigrated to America with his family in 1940, grew up on suburban Long Island, graduated Harvard in 1958, and in the sixties was a seminal force in the explosive New York Off-Broadway theatre.

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