Arden Theatre Company to Present New Translation of Chekhov's THREE SISTERS, 3/20-4/20

Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new translation of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, translated by Curt Columbus, directed by Terrence J. Nolen. The production appears on the Arden's F. Otto Haas Stage from March 20 through April 20, 2014 at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

The Arden presents a bold new translation of Anton Chekhov's influential story about a family's unrealized aspirations. Through research, workshops, readings, and travel, Three Sisters is the culmination of a two-year exploration of the master storyteller's work that took our creative team from Moscow to Providence, Rhode Island to Philadelphia. A cast of Philadelphia's most promising newcomers alongside seasoned Arden favorites will introduce a new kind of Chekhov - audacious, alive, and contemporary.

"Chekhov isn't easy - there's not a tried and true method to make his work speak to modern audiences," states Arden's Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen. "But no other playwright speaks more eloquently to the essence of the human condition, and that challenge is irresistible to me as a director."

Three Sisters exemplifies director Terrence J. Nolen's affinity for ensemble-based projects that bring artistic collaborators such as Curt Columbus to the table in the early stages of the creative process. Terrence remarks, "For years Chekhov has been on my short list for season selection but, again and again, I have postponed doing so because of a persistent desire for an extended rehearsal process and the direct involvement of a translator/adapter. Now, I am thrilled to work with Curt Columbus - his translations are clean, muscular, funny, and most importantly, actable."

Translator Curt Columbus has served as The Richard L. Bready Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island since 2006. His directing credits for Trinity include Merchant of Venice, His Girl Friday, Camelot, Cabaret, The Odd Couple, The Secret Rapture, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Memory House, Blithe Spirit, Cherry Orchard and the world premiere of Stephen Thorne's ...Poe. His plays Paris by Night, The Dreams of Antigone and Sparrow Grass premiered at Trinity Rep. His adaptation of Crime and Punishment (with Marilyn Campbell) is published by Dramatists' Play Service. Curt's translations of Chekhov's plays are published by Ivan R. Dee, Chekhov: The Four Major Plays. The Dreams of Antigone is published by Broadway Play Publishing.

This production is part of the continuing initiative by the Arden to collaborate with sister theater companies across the country. As a result of a creative collaboration with Trinity Rep Theatre in Providence, this production boasts an impressive cast of local returning favorites, newcomers to the Arden's stage, and artists from Trinity Rep. In addition to cast members from Trinity, the Arden is proud to work with renowned set designer Eugene Lee, who has been the resident stage designer at Trinity Rep since 1967.

Philadelphia-based cast includes Jake Blouch (Fedotik), Scott Greer (Chebutikin), Sam Henderson (Solyony), James Ijames (Tuzenbach), Daniel Ison (Rode), Louis Lippa (Ferapont), Ian Merrill Peakes (Vershinin), Katharine Powell (Masha), Sarah Sanford (Olga), Cathy Simpson (Anfisa), Luigi Sottile (Andre), and Mary Tuomanen (Irinia). They are joined by Trinity actors Rebecca Gibel (Natashaand) and Charlie Thurston (Kulygin),

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