Strawdog is thrilled to have been invited (for the second year in a row) to participate in Theater on the Lake's summer collection of the year's best off-Loop productions. Our staging of Three Sisters won Jeff Citations for Curt Columbus' clear and funny translation and for Brian Bembridge's beautiful, multi-layered set, as well as a Best Actress nomination for Kat McDonnell.
In a garrison town somewhere in the backwoods of Russia, the three Prozorov sisters—Olga, Masha and Irina—and their brother Andre live in the large, beautiful house their father, an army general, has left them. Raised to be bastions of refinement and taste, but stranded amongst soldiers and smalltown folk with no ambition, they cling desperately to memories of the bright, thriving Moscow they left as children. Unable to bear the ordinariness of their lives, tempers flare and all manner of appetites go unchecked, eliciting wild and dangerous responses from those around them and turning the proper Prozorov home into a place where anything can happen.
The world premiere of a new translation by Curt Columbus, whose Jeff-nominated rendition of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard was staged at Steppenwolf's Upstairs Theatre in 2004. Kimberly Senior, director of edgy hits like Fuddy Meers, Knives in Hens and Collaboraction's award-winning The Life and Times of Tulsa Love Child brings her signature playful energy to Anton Chekhov's rich tapestry of heartbreak and bad behavior.