OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Three Sisters opens Feb. 14 at OSU

02/01/2013

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Anton Chekhov’s classic family drama “Three Sisters” will be shown in February as part of Oregon State University Theatre’s 2012-2013 Season of Style.

The play will be performed Feb. 14-16 and 22-23 at 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 24 at 2 p.m., on the Withycombe Hall main stage, 30th and Campus Way in Corvallis.

Tickets are $12 general, $10 senior, $8 youth/student, and $5 for OSU students. They are available through the OSU Theatre Box Office by calling 541-737-2784 or online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/.

Originally premiering in 1901, this poignant tale of love, life, and unfulfilled dreams follows the Prozorov siblings, Andrei and his three sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina. A year after their father dies, the young adults find themselves caught up in the challenges of growing up and taking responsibility for their own futures.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with such richly dense, character-driven material,” said director Elizabeth Helman. “Chekhov has such a unique sensitivity to human nature and is so amazing at revealing the best and worst about people, but always with humor and heart.”

This production will be set in 1909-1911, just before the Russian Revolution and the abdication of Czar Nicholas II.

“I feel that placing the story during those years adds more weight to some philosophical concepts addressed in the play,” Helman said. “There’s a greater sense of immediacy, an almost prophetic quality, when you realize that their world will be utterly transformed in a matter of months.”

The cast features OSU students Michael Beaton as Andrei, Sarah Clausen as Natasha, Megan Grassl as Olga, Austin Hodaie as Fedotik, Richelle Jean-Bart as Irina, Davey Kashuba as Kulygin, J. Garrett Luna as Rodet, Anna Elise Mahaffey as Masha, and Chris Peterman as Solyony. The cast also includes Corvallis community members Andrew Beck as Vershinin, Vreneli Farber as Anfisa, Alex Johnston as Tuzenbach, Rick Wallace as Chebutykin, and Calvin Ward as Ferapont.