Cultures collide as Gateway Theatre’s Artistic Director Emeritus Simon Johnston places his version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters in a small garrison town in China in 1936. The world premiere of Sisters runs January 31 – February 16, 2013.
When the Tsar fell, General Protopov fled Russia for China and a job training Nationalist Chinese troops. After his death, only his children remain, rambling around a large and formerly grand house. His son has married a local girl, but two daughters Irena (Luisa Jojic) and Masha (Sarah Louise Turner) long to return to the remembered glamour of Moscow. But returning home may be an unattainable dream. Communist sentiment is on the rise and travel unsafe. Enter the dashing Captain Wong (John Ng). Although promised to one sister he’s intent on wooing the other, and offers his services as escort.
The sisters must band together with their Russian servant (Donna White) to preserve the crumbling house, while hopefully planning for the future. Their tasks are made difficult by a lack of funds and unlikable sister-in-law. A former servant, Natasha (Josette Jorge) is a staunch Communist with the ability to sniff out family secrets and use them to her advantage. When disaster strikes the village, only Natasha is poised to win a tug-of-war of epic proportions.
Director Sarah Rodgers leads a creative team including Set Designer Kevin McAllister, Costume Designer Carmen Alatorre, Lighting Designer Itai Erdal, Sound Designer Mike Rinaldi, and Stage Managers Lorilyn Parker and Yvonne Yip.
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