CHEKHOV UNBOUND: THREE SISTERS
a new adaptation by Doug Grissom
March 5, 6, 7 @ 7:30pm
$25 general / $10 student
This project is an original adaptation of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's play, Three Sisters, by UVA professor and playwright, Doug Grissom. It strives to reflect the community we are living in and hones in on the universal themes of Chekhov's play: unrequited love, the yearning for something – everyone has a Moscow - and the poignancy of opportunities missed or overlooked.
Andrei – Mark McLane
Olga – Dinah Pehrson
Masha – Kate Bennis
Irina – Emma Givens
Anfisa – Linda Blondel
Ferapont – Joe Monaghan
Maid – Linda Hayward
Kulygin, Masha's husband, a teacher – Mackie Boblette
Natasha, Andrei's fiance, later wife – Virginia Wawner
Chebutykin, an army doctor – Tim McNamara
Tuzenbach, the Baron, a Lieutenant – Chris Baumer
Solyony, the staff captain – Kurt Vogelsang
Fedotik, a second lieutenant, the photographer – George Dippold
Vershinin – Lieutenant-Colonel, the new Battery Commander – Dan Stern
Directed by: Boomie Pedersen
Dramaturgy by: Carol Pedersen
Photography and Graphics by: Jay Kuhlman
This project has been cast with older actors so that these themes and situations are interpreted from the perspective of age and experience. Part of the goal of the Chekhov Unbound Project is to bring this show to multiple venues to see how environment and proximity affect audience experience and expectation. The intimacy of a house performance, for example, where the actors and audience are sharing the same space, will be a very different experience from a stage performance, where the distance between actor and audience is more formally delineated. In each performance, the challenge is to deliver the same story, allowing the different space to cause whatever subtle changes it will.
The Hamner Theater is a non-profit theater entity, founded in 2005, in Nelson County, VA. Since 2012, we have been venue-less, but have advanced our work in the theatrical community by collaborating with other area theaters, and continuing the “free and open to the public Improv sessions” and our VPSI readings and workshops. In May of this year, we formally took a studio space at Crozet Arts, where we had maintained an informal presence since 2012. As we contemplate and redefine our current purpose, we want to continue to tell the stories of our community, to bring to light what has been hidden away, and to encourage and foster bold, sustainable community conversations. We want to make a difference in our community, one story at a time, one play at a time. We want our projects to be able to travel to under-served or more remote communities where access to the performing arts may be limited. We believe that theater should be available and accessible to all because it is a necessary part of a healthy society.