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Help some of Vancouver's favourite theatre artists introduce local audiences to this classic, which hasn't had a professional production in our city since 1980.
Jessie Johnston
Vancouver, British Columbia
5 Team Members

The Play

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.

Our Production

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.

The Company

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

Creative Team

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

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raised by 161 people in 1 month
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$7,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on December 17, 2012
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Your Name in Song

    Your name will be listed in our program and included in a Thank You Song we will write, record, and post online.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $10USD
    I Heart Moscow Pin

    The Prozorovs love Moscow, and so do you. Proclaim it with this 1" button. (Includes $5 perks.)

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $15USD
    Postcard from a Prozorov

    It's 1901, and you've got mail! For $15, receive a postcard from the Three Sisters character of your choice. (Includes $5 perks.)

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $25USD
    Autographed Poster

    A copy of our poster for your bedroom wall, signed by the entire company. (Includes $5 perks.)

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $35USD
    Russia Fridge Magnets

    See Russia IN your house with this set of 3 fridge magnets featuring colour photography from Chekhov's time. (Includes $5 perks.)

    14 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $50USD
    A Pair of Preview Tickets

    See our show before everyone else with this pair of tickets to a preview performance (taking place from March 30-April 3, 2013). (Includes $5 perks.)

    20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013

    Bottle of Vodka

    It's hard to be so far away from Moscow. Drown your sorrows with a 750 mL bottle of Russian Standard Vodka, generously donated by Legacy Liquor Store. Available to Vancouver donors only. (Includes $5 perks plus one more perk worth $35 or less.)

    11 out of 11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012

    Opening Night

    Join the Prozorovs for our Opening Night performance and reception. (Includes $5 perks plus one more perk worth $35 or less.)

    25 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2013
  • $100USD
    Signed Emily Cooper Original

    Cherish your Three Sisters memories with a production still signed by acclaimed theatre photographer Emily Cooper. (Includes $5 perks plus one more perk worth $35 or less.)

    12 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013

    Costume Sketch by Mara Gottler

    Adorn your wall with an original costume sketch by award-winning designer Mara Gottler. (Includes $5 perks plus one more perk worth $35 or less.)

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $350USD
    Autographed Script

    Your own copy of our brand new, not-yet-published adaptation of Three Sisters by Vancouver playwright Amiel Gladstone, signed by the entire company. (Includes $5 perks plus one more perk worth $35 or less.)

    1 claimed
  • $500USD
    Set Maquette

    Display the Prozorov's living room in your own living room, with award-winning set designer Pam Johnson's original maquette for this production. (Includes all perks worth $35 and less.)

    0 claimed
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