The Three Sisters
By: Anton Chekhov
GENRE: Russian Drama
SETTING: Various rooms in the house of Prozorov, a small country town, Russia.
THEMES: "Talk, talk, nothing but talk all day long!" (Masha, IV)
"Such trifles, such silly little things, sometimes become so important suddenly for no apparent reason! You laugh at them, just as you always have done, you sill regard them as trifles, and yet you suddenly find they're in control and you haven't the power to stop them." (Tuzenbach, IV).
Prozorov, Andrei Sergeevich
Natasha (Natalia Ivanova) - his fiancÃÂ©e, afterward his wife
Olga (Olga Sergeevna, Olya, Olyushka, Olechka) - his sister
Masha (Marya Sergevvna) - his sister
Irina (Irina Sergeevna, Irenushka) - his sister
Kulygin, FÃÂ«dor Ilyich, a teacher at a boy's school and husband to Masha
Vershinin, ALeksandr Ignatievich, a lieutenant colonel and battery commander
Tutzenbach, Nikolai Lvovich, baron and a lieutenant in the army
Soleni, Vasili Vasilievich, a captain
Chebutykin, Ivan Romanovich, an army doctor
Fedotik, Aleksei Petrovich, a second lieutenant
RodÃÂ¨, Vladimir Karlovich, a second lieutenant
Ferapont (Ferapont Spiridonich), an old porter from the County Council Office
Anfisa, the Prozorov's former nurse, and old woman of eighty
Roles for 9 men and 5 women.
The Prozorovs live in a rural town where an army division is garrisoned. Despite the seemingly endless flow of people in and out of the house, the sisters constantly seek something more in their lives, embodied in their recurring desire to move to Moscow. They complain about their lives, but do little or nothing to change it. Irina takes a job, Masha has an affair with Vershinin, Olga becomes headmistress of a local school, and Andrei marries Natasha. Their lack of action has now tied them to their small town and they remain even...