Stage Russia HD – The Three Sisters [Online]
Sliding scale admission: $0–25
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Showtime listed is Pacific Daylight Time.
Northwest Film Forum is SCREENING ONLINE! NWFF’s physical space is temporarily closed in light of public health concerns around COVID-19, but community, dialogue, and education through media arts WILL persist.
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** This play is primarily in sign language, with some Russian. Both English and Russian subtitles will be available! **
Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters probes the lives and dreams of Olga, Masha, and Irina, former Muscovites now living in a provincial town from which they’re desperate to escape. In this powerful play, a landmark of modern drama, Chekhov masterfully interweaves character and theme in subtle ways that make the work’s climax seem as inevitable as it is deeply moving.
Timofey Kulyabin, the artistic director of the Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, has taken this classic work and reinvented it as an epic parable about finding harmony through suffering. The entire cast, save for one, communicate throughout the performance solely in sign language. By doing this, the selfishness, isolation and lack of mutual understanding are dangerous and laden with disaster, the characters defenseless against a huge “sounding” world. Like a score, every scene is composed with sounds and noises. You can hear the wind whistling around the house, shrieking migratory birds, troops marching to marching music.
“Made with a quality rare for the Russian stage, without any hints of a sketch or unfinished design. There is not a single centimeter, not a single minute, which does not work for a common purpose.” – St. Petersburg Theatrical Journal (Russia)
“A performance in which sounds and non-verbal communication form a compelling unity in which the essence of the drama is worked out in beguiling beauty and unbelievable intensity.” – Kurier.at (Austria)