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Sept. 24: Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters," Oct. 4-13


Eric Sloss                        

Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama Presents Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters," Oct. 4-13

There's no place like Moscow...

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's School of Drama presents Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters," a moving and subtle drama that closely examines the lives of the Prozorov family and their aspirations to live in Moscow. Directed by guest Vladimir Mirodan, a noted Chekhov director and head of London's Drama Centre, "Three Sisters" will run Oct. 4-13 at Carnegie Mellon's Philip Chosky Theater.

"Three Sisters is one of the great plays of the modern canon," said Elizabeth Bradley, head of the School of Drama. "With deep humanity, Chekov explores the frailty and fascination of his characters and consummately illustrates the perverse grace that touches us all when we continue to embrace life, even in the face of disappointment."    

Mirodan's most recent London production, "Solemn Mass for a Full Moon in Summer," which ran at the Cochrane Theatre, showcased the skill that he brings to Carnegie Mellon. Mirodan has also directed extensively in regional repertory and at the Royal National Theatre.

"We are fortunate to have Vladimir Mirodan, visiting as part of our continuing connection to London Drama Centre, to bring this play to life with our gifted graduating actors and designers," she said.    In The Hudson Review, Howard Moss described "Three Sisters" as "the most musical of all of Chekhov's plays in construction, the one that depends most heavily on the repetition of motifs," and yet a play that is "seemingly artless." In the small town where the three sisters have lived for 11 years, sour Olga teaches school to make ends meet, sharp Masha seeks refuge from boredom by having an affair with the dashing Colonel Vershinin, and innocent Irina dreams of the better life that she feels sure she will find in Moscow.

The sisters' lives are further complicated by their relationship with their underachieving brother Andrei, who is content to serve on the town's council rather than pursue more ambitious goals, and their overbearing sister-in-law Natasha, who moves from a shy country girl to a domineering shrew as the play's events unfold. "Any idiot can face a crisis; it is this day-to-day living that wears you out," said Chekhov, and "Three Sisters" is a fitting demonstration of exactly that.

Ticket prices for "Three Sisters" are $22 on weeknights and for Saturday's matinee, and $25 on Friday and Saturday nights.  Discounts are available for seniors and students.  Show times are 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday. For additional information about the upcoming season or ticket purchases, contact the School of Drama box office at 412-268-2407 between noon and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information on the School of Drama or the College of Fine Arts, visit  or contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or