Three Sisters (Ruhl)

by  Sarah Ruhl

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9m, 5f

Discover the humor and heartbreak of one of the world’s greatest plays, revealed through the lyricism of a leading voices in contemporary theatre: two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.

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Three Sisters (Ruhl)

by  Sarah Ruhl

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Stage & Screen), Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sisters—school teacher Olga, unhappily married Masha, idealistic Irina—yearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. Three Sisters is the portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams.
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Accolades

  • Sarah Ruhl is the 2003 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama

Reviews





REVIEWS

"Sarah Ruhl has a taste for and a way with the classics." - New York Times

"Luminous!...A crisp, breezy new English version by Sarah Ruhl. Its fierce beauty suffuses every moment and reaches for immortality." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Sarah Ruhl's smart new translation...feels just right to contemporary American ears--lean, colloquial and conversation for us, and true to Chekhov's original." - Cincinnatti Enquirer

"Exhilirating! Ruhl doesn't call attention to herself here. Instead she lets the play breathe with a smiple, unmannered approach to the drama that makes it seem shockingly contemporary...There's a naturalness to the way the drama unfolds, the ebb and flow of the emotional outbursts, that leaves you breathless." - San Jose Mercury News
 
"'Three Sisters' reminds us that few writers have ever seen into the human soul with more acuity and understanding than Chekhov. However, anyone hoping to hear Ruhl’s idiosyncratic voice, the one that made 'Dead Man’s Cell Phone' or 'In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)' such distinctive delights, will be disappointed. Her overriding goal was fidelity to the original text, as Ruhl makes clear in an introduction to the program that begins: 'I came to this translation with no agenda, no desire to bend Chekhov to my will in any way, but instead, to learn from him.'" - Boston.com 

"Working with a crisp, breezy new English version by Sarah Ruhl (based on a literal translation)...Chekhov's masterpiece [comes] to life as if it were taking place today. And 110 years ago." - SF Gate

"Ruhl seems a good fit to adapt Chekhov, as each writer’s works are playgrounds of bittersweet ambiguity. The complication, as Ruhl explains in her program notes, is that she does not speak Russian...Ruhl deprecatingly calls herself 'Chekhov’s ridiculously English-speaking student,' but her very ignorance of Russian leads her to try to replicate the cadence of the original language, crafting a rich and sonorous version of the classic play." - The Yale Herald

Videos

  • Sarah Ruhl THREE SISTERS
  • Three Sisters at Berkeley Rep
  • CHEKHOV
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Keywords

Parenting/Family

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The Prozorov home
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

9m, 5f
The Prozorov Sisters:
OLGA 
MASHA
IRINA

ANDREI - their brother
NATASHA - his wife
KULYGIN - Masha’s husband
VERSHININ - a colonel
SOLYONY - a staff captain
CHEBUTYKIN - an army doctor
TUZENBACH - a baron and lieutenant
ANFISA - a nurse, 80 years old
FEDOTIK - second lieutenant
RODE - second lieutenant
FERAPONT - an old watchman
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Authors

Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl’s plays include How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday, The Oldest Boy, In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House, Orlando, Late: a cowboy song, Dear Elizabeth and Stage Kiss. She is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and a Tony Award nominee. Her plays have been ...

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Three Sisters received is world premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 24, 2009, under the direction of John Doyle. 

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