Stage Russia: Chekhov’s Three Sisters at the Parkway!

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Director: Timofey Kulyabin


Russia, 248 minutes including two brief intermissions

Language: Russian sign language with English subtitles

Program Notes

The Parkway is proud to partner with STAGE RUSSIA to bring to our historic big screen cutting-edge theatrical productions of Russia’s most exciting live theater. STAGE RUSSIA films productions from Russia’s most renowned theater companies and distributes them in HD into cinemas across the globe. First up for Stage Russia at the Parkway:


Written by Anton Chekhov
Director – Timofey Kulyabin
Set Design – Oleg Golovko
Red Torch Theatre, Novosibirsk


This production will screen twice at the Parkway: Sunday, March 18th at 2pm, and Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm. The production runs 240 minutes (including a 15-minute intermission). Tickets will be $10, and advance tickets will be available soon. Coming in April –> Stage Russia: Uncle Vanya at the Parkway!


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 32-year-old wunderkind 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.



Kulyabin’s sensational and endlessly beautiful THREE SISTERS, already a hit on the stages of Vienna and Paris, is a feast for the senses, heightening all of them even as we lose some of them.



Vasily Vasilyevich Solyony – Konstantin Telegin
Andrey Sergeyevich Prozorov – Ilya Musyco
Nikolay Lvovich Tuzenbach – Anton Voynalovich
Nataliya Ivanovna – Clavdia Kachusova
Olga – Irina Krivonos
Irina – Linda Akhmetzyanova
Masha – Daria Yemelyanova



LANGUAGE: Sign Language and Russian with English subtitles
RUNNING TIME: 240 minutes (including a 15 minute intermission)



“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)

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