Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” returns to the IU stage after a half century in the wings

September 22, 2017

IU Theatre continues its 2017-18 Season with Anton Chekhov’s masterful drama Three Sisters.  This production marks the first time the play has been staged at IU since 1969.

Three Sisters tells the story of the Prozorov sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina, who long to leave their bucolic Russian town and return to the excitement and culture of Moscow. Unfortunately, the sisters, along with their brother Andrei, find themselves trapped by financial hardships, tumultuous affairs, unfulfilled dreams and their own inner demons.

In Three Sisters, Chekhov depicts the sisters’ beautiful suffering with warmth, humor and compassion. Written in 1900, Three Sisters made its debut at the Moscow Art Theatre in a 1901 production directed by Konstantin Stanislavski, perhaps the most influential theatre theorist in modern history. In its day, this masterful drama redefined the form of theatre, and its probing, complex depth of character still sets the bar for our modern stage.

Dale McFadden, professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance, where he heads the M.F.A. Acting and Directing Programs, will be directing IU’s production of Three Sisters. “It’s the story of family members who must endure their own lives. It’s touching and sad, but it’s also the truth,” says McFadden. “I’m drawn to the experience of endurance and hope that the play presents.”

Joining McFadden on the creative team are M.F.A. Scenic Designer Jeremy Smith, M.F.A. Lighting Designer Naomi S. Gold, and undergraduate Theatre minor Macy Kloville (Sound Design).

The cast of Three Sisters includes Meaghan Deiter (Olga), Abby Lee (Masha), Justino Brokaw (Chebutykin) and Nicholas Jenkins (Vershinin), all of whom are third-year M.F.A. acting students at IU. Deiter and Lee are appearing in Three Sisters for their M.F.A. theses.

WHAT: IU Theatre presents Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov

WHEN:  October 13, 14, 17-20, 2017 @ 7:30 p.m. and October 21 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Wells-Metz Theatre, Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students. 812.855.1103 or

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