Three Sisters poster image. Three women in silhouette.

Three Sisters

Mar 05, 2020 to Mar 14, 2020
Anton Chekhov
A New Version by Sarah Ruhl
based on the literal translation by Elise Thoron
with Natalya Paramonova and Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
Directed by: 
Lila Rachel Becker
David Thayer Theatre
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 8:00pm
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 8:00pm
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 8:00pm
Saturday, March 14, 2020 - 8:00pm


"You say: life is beautiful.
But what if it only seems that way."

In a country house in Russia at the end of the 19th century, three sisters long to return to the Moscow of their youth. Meanwhile, their sister-in-law wages domestic war. Soldiers in a battalion stationed in town long for the sisters. And across Russia, a cataclysm is brewing. Sarah Ruhl brings fresh urgency to Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece in her lyrical translation.

There will be six, singular bright flashes used during the performance, in addition to the use of theatrical haze.

Three Sisters (Ruhl) is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.


Cast of Three Sisters
Role Name
Olga Crystal Stewart
Masha Liat Graf
Irina Amy Rodriguez*
Andrei Deven Vera*
Natasha Luli Gomez Teruel
Kulygin Elijah Jones*
Vershinin Ryan Martin*
Solyony Kyle Watkins*
Tuzenbach Octavius Lanier
Chebutykin Kevin Burford*
Fedotik Greg Jones*
Rode Ted Buckley*
Anfisa Krista Neumann
Ferapont Josh Sazon
Maid Kate Anderson*

Artistic Team

Artistic Team of Three Sisters
Title Name
Director Lila Rachel Becker
Dramaturg Nate Ferguson
Scenic Designer Bethany Kasperek
Costume Designer Loyce Arthur**
Lighting Designer Kimberly Fain
Sound Designer Ryan McElroy*
Intimacy Choreographer Erica Vannon
Choreographer Angelica DeLashmette Hurst
Stage Manager Jennifer Sandgathe
Assistant Director Nicole Gabrione*
Assistant Lighting Designer Julia Corbett*
Assistant Stage Manager Jeni Tucker*

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.
**Member of the United Scenic Artists, Local 829.


Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office at 319.335.1160 or 1.800.HANCHER or online at

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