Theater-by-the-Grove Opens Chekhov Play

Posted on 11/1/2011 10:19:34 AM

Theater-by-the-Grove at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the classic play by Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters, on November 9–12 and 15–17, 2011, at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be presented on the Waller Hall Mainstage of the IUP Performing Arts Center.

Using a translation by popular American playwright Lanford Wilson, Three Sisters skewers the self-delusion of people who spice up the banality of their daily lives. Set in a small town against the drama of clandestine affairs, the plot unfurls around unrequited love, family feuds, and a deadly duel. The play veers between tragedy and hilarity as it tells the story of three dissatisfied women who desperately long for their treasured past in the big city.

Three Sisters

Director and theater professor Rick Kemp says that, although the play is over a hundred years old, Russian author Chekhov “was an acute observer of human behavior in all its absurdity. The characters he created are people you can recognize from your own life, and the situations he puts them in remind us of the complex tangles that we all encounter.”

Kemp also points out how the translation being used makes the dialogue fresh and witty: “Lanford Wilson’s translation embraces the tragic-comic shifts in the play, making them fresh, sincere, and accessible for a contemporary audience.”

Three SistersTickets for Three Sisters are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting forty-five minutes before each performance. Tickets are priced at $14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of fifteen or more, and $8 with a university I-Card. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313.


For more information, contact the Lively Arts at 724-357-2547, or e-mail us at

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts and is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

Theater by the Grove


Three Sisters

November 9, 2011
8:00 p.m.

November 10, 2011
8:00 p.m.

November 11, 2011
8:00 p.m.

November 12, 2011
8:00 p.m.

November 13, 2011
2:00 p.m.

November 15, 2011
8:00 p.m.

November 16, 2011
8:00 p.m.

November 17, 2011
8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, Performing Arts Center

Chekhov's popular tragic-comic masterpiece about longing for the past and fantasies of the future.

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For more information, visit Three Sisters, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.