Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters is the story of the Prozorov siblings (the titular three sisters and their brother Andrei), their longing for Moscow, and the day-to-day dreams and tragedies of their friends and family.
It is one of the foundational works of the modern theatre, a 111-year old play that rings as true today as it did in its first production in 1901 at the Moscow Art Theatre. Despite being routinely listed as one of the greatest plays of all time, this Russian classic hasn't been produced professionally in Vancouver since 1980.
With this year's closing of the Vancouver Playhouse, there are even fewer local companies in a position to put on a production of this scale. So, we're doing it ourselves!
From March 30 to April 20, 2013, some of Vancouver theatre's most beloved artists will present the world premiere of Vancouver playwright Amiel Gladstone's new adaptation of Three Sisters at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre's VanCity Culture Lab.
Our company (including director Jane Heyman, 13 actors, 4 designers, 1 playwright, and a 6-person production team) features some of Vancouver theatre's most recognized faces and names. Collectively, members of our team have been nominated for over 110 Jessie awards, and have won at least 35. See the impressive list below (or in our video).
What We Need
This production is a labour of love; everyone involved is donating their time and talent because they love this play and want to create theatre together. Because we are putting on a show without the support of an established theatre company, we have no pre-existing funding. Which is why we’re coming to you.
If we can cover all or most of our upfront costs before we open, we’ll be able to use our box office revenue to pay our actors and creative team. Our production costs include:
- rehearsal space rental
- venue rental and insurance
- costumes for 13 actors
- building the set and props
- printing posters and programs
Our campaign goal of $7,000 is NOT enough to put on this show. However, along with other money we've raised, it will get us to within $5,000 of our bare bones projected budget. The closer we can get to covering all our costs before we open, the closer we'll be to paying our immensely talented artists something for the work they're putting in. In other words, $7,000 would be a good start, $12,000 would be a great one, and $15,000 would allow us to focus on making art without the stress of trying to fund it. Please give what you can, even if we're at, or past, our goal.
What You Get
All donors will have their name included in our program, and, more importantly, in an original Thank You Song that will be recorded by our company and posted online. Depending on your level of support, you may receive a postcard from your favourite Prozorov, some autographed memoribilia, or an original piece of art by a member of our talented company.
If You Can't Donate — You Can Still Help!
Whether or not you are able to contribute to this campaign, you are in a position to help us reach (or surpass!) our goal. Please spread the word about our show and campaign using whatever social media and other tools you have available. Like and share our Facebook Page for updates on our fundraising progress, events, and preparations.
Remember: Every dollar you help raise is the same as a dollar you would have contributed if you could have.
Full Company List
Director: Jane Heyman
Set Design: Pam Johnson
Costume Design: Mara Gottler
Lighting Design: Itai Erdal
Script Adapted By: Amiel Gladstone
Sound Design: Patrick Pennefather
Stage Manager: Carol Chrisjohn
Assistant Director: Cameron Mackenzie Deveau
Costume Assistant: Sydney Cavanagh
Assistant Stage Manager: Carol Mcdonald
Costume Cutter: Line Richard
Producer: Jessie Johnston
Andrei Prozorov: Alex Rose
Anfisa: Rosy Frier-Dryden
Chebutykin: Richard Newman
Fedotik: Tim Carlson
Ferapont: William Samples
Irina Prozorov: Rachel Aberle
Kulygin: David Bloom
Masha Prozorov: Emma Slipp
Natasha: Adele Noronha
Olga Prozorov: Manami Hara
Solyony: Luc Roderique
Tuzenbach: Brahm Taylor
Vershinin: Bob Frazer