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Written by Anton Chekhov

Red Torch Theatre, Novosibirsk

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.


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. 

Language: Russian Sign Language w/ English Subtitles
Running time: 3 hours 46 minutes

"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 theatrical performance in which sounds and non-verbal communication form a fantastic, compelling unity in which

the essence of the drama is worked out in beguiling beauty and unbelievable intensity" – (Austria)

Creative Team

Director – Timofey Kulyabin

Set Design – Oleg Golovko

Lighting Designer – Denis Solntsev

Assistant director – Natalya Yarushkina


Olga – Irina Krivonos

Irina – Linda Akhmetzyanova
Masha – Daria Emelyanova

Vasily Vasilyevich Solyony – Konstantin Telegin

Andrey Sergeyevich Prozorov – Ilya Musyco
Nikolay Lvovich Tuzenbach – Anton Voynalovich

Nataliya Ivanovna – Clavdia Kachusov

Fyodor Ilyich Kulygin – Denis Frank

Aleksey Petrovich Fedotik – Alexey Mezhov

Aleksandr Ignatyevich Vershinin – Pavel Polyakov

Ivan Romanovich Chebutykin – Andrey Chernykh

Vladimir Karlovich Rode  – Sergey Bogomolov

Ferapont – Sergey Novikov

Anfisa – Elena Drinevskaya

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