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Arden Theatre Company presents THREE SISTERS
By Anton Chekhov, Translation by Curt Columbus, Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
On F. Otto Haas Stage
March 20 – April 20, 2014
February 12, 2014

(Philadelphia, PA) Arden Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a new translation of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, translated by Curt Columbus, directed by Terrence J. Nolen. The production appears on the Arden’s F. Otto Haas Stage from March 20 through April 20, 2014 at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia.
The Arden presents a bold new translation of Anton Chekhov’s influential story about a family’s unrealized aspirations. Through research, workshops, readings, and travel, Three Sisters is the culmination of a two-year exploration of the master storyteller’s work that took our creative team from Moscow to Providence, Rhode Island to Philadelphia. A cast of Philadelphia’s most promising newcomers alongside seasoned Arden favorites will introduce a new kind of Chekhov – audacious, alive, and contemporary.
“Chekhov isn’t easy – there’s not a tried and true method to make his work speak to modern audiences,” states Arden’s Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen. “But no other playwright speaks more eloquently to the essence of the human condition, and that challenge is irresistible to me as a director.”

Three Sisters exemplifies director Terrence J. Nolen’s affinity for ensemble-based projects that bring artistic collaborators such as Curt Columbus to the table in the early stages of the creative process. Terrence remarks, “For years Chekhov has been on my short list for season selection but, again and again, I have postponed doing so because of a persistent desire for an extended rehearsal process and the direct involvement of a translator/adapter. Now, I am thrilled to work with Curt Columbus - his translations are clean, muscular, funny, and most importantly, actable.”

Translator Curt Columbus has served as The Richard L. Bready Artistic Director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island since 2006. His directing credits for Trinity include Merchant of Venice, His Girl Friday, Camelot, Cabaret, The Odd Couple, The Secret Rapture, The Receptionist, A Christmas Carol, Memory House, Blithe Spirit, Cherry Orchard and the world premiere of Stephen Thorne's ...Poe. His plays Paris by Night, The Dreams of Antigone and Sparrow Grass premiered at Trinity Rep. His adaptation of Crime and Punishment (with Marilyn Campbell) is published by Dramatists' Play Service. Curt's translations of Chekhov's plays are published by Ivan R. Dee, Chekhov: The Four Major Plays. The Dreams of Antigone is published by Broadway Play Publishing.
This production is part of the continuing initiative by the Arden to collaborate with sister theater companies across the country. As a result of a creative collaboration with Trinity Rep Theatre in Providence, this production boasts an impressive cast of local returning favorites, newcomers to the Arden’s stage, and artists from Trinity Rep. In addition to cast members from Trinity, the Arden is proud to work with renowned set designer Eugene Lee, who has been the resident stage designer at Trinity Rep since 1967.
Philadelphia-based cast includes Jake Blouch (Fedotik), Scott Greer (Chebutikin), Sam Henderson (Solyony), James Ijames (Tuzenbach), Daniel Ison (Rode), Louis Lippa (Ferapont), Ian Merrill Peakes (Vershinin), Katharine Powell (Masha), Sarah Sanford (Olga), Cathy Simpson (Anfisa), Luigi Sottile (Andre), and Mary Tuomanen (Irinia). They are joined by Trinity actors Rebecca Gibel (Natashaand) and Charlie Thurston (Kulygin),

The production team on the Arden’s stage includes Set Designer Eugene Lee, Costume Designer Olivera Gajic, Lighting Designer F. Mitchell Dana, Sound Designer Jorge Cousineau, and original music by Composer James Sugg.

Three Sisters previews begin on March 20. Preview performances March 20 through March 25. Opening night is set for 7pm Wednesday, March 26. The final performance is scheduled for April 20.

Single ticket prices are $36-$48, with discounts available for seniors, students, military and educators. Groups of 15+ enjoy significant discounts; please inquire about group rates. Mainstage Subscriptions are on sale for $84-$135. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, order online at, or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.

A Pay What You Can performance will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 8pm. All proceeds benefit Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.

Post-show discussions will be held following performances on March 30 and April 13 at 2pm, April 3 at 8pm, and April 9 and 16 at 6:30pm.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday April 11 at 8pm and Saturday, April 12 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.

The Scene, the Arden’s networking event, will be held on Friday, March 21 at 8pm. Tickets are $30 and include a pre-show reception at the Arden, a ticket to the show, and a post-show party with the staff and cast. Tickets are available online at or by calling 215.922.1122 and mentioning The Scene.

Teen Arden, a program for area teenagers passionate about theatre, hosts Drama, Bites, Access! on Sunday, April 13 at 2pm. Tickets are $10 and include a pre-show party at the Arden, a ticket to the show, and a post-show meet and greet with members of the creative team and cast of Three Sisters. Tickets are available online at or by calling 215.922.1122. Teen Arden is made possible by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation.

Three Sisters
By Anton Chekhov
Translated by Curt Columbus, Directed by Terrence J. Nolen

Sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina live in a provincial Russian town with their younger brother, Andre. The siblings have wildly different personalities, yet each is confronted with choices faced by all young people. Master playwright Anton Chekhov shares their aspirations, obsessions, loves, and lusts. We follow the family from birthday parties to an anticipated wedding; from catastrophes to seasonal parties - and through their lives we share their dreams and disappointments. This re-mastering of Three Sisters is uncluttered, compelling, and vibrant.

Arden Theatre Company
F. Otto Haas Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106

March 20 – April 20, 2014

Preview performances: January 20-25, 2014
Opening night: 7pm Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit

$36-$48 for adults depending on the performance chosen

Group discounts available for 15+
Student Rush tickets at the door 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)

Jake Blouch (Resident of Philadelphia) - Fedotik
Rebecca Gibel (Resident of NYC) - Natasha
Scott Greer (Resident of Philadelphia) - Chebutykin
Sam Henderson (Resident of Philadelphia) - Solyony
James Ijames (Resident of Philadelphia) - Tuzenbach
Daniel Ison (Resident of Philadelphia) - Rode
Louis Lippa (Resident of Philadelphia) - Ferapont
Ian Merrill Peakes (Resident of Philadelphia) - Vershinin
Katharine Powell (Resident of Philadelphia) - Masha
Sarah Sanford (Resident of Philadelphia) - Olga
Cathy Simpson (Resident of Philadelphia) - Anfisa
Luigi Sottile (Resident of Philadelphia) - Andre
Charlie Thurston (Resident of NYC) - Kulygin
Mary Tuomanen (Resident of Philadelphia) - Irina

Curt Columbus - Translator
Terrence J. Nolen - Director
Eugen Lee - Scenic Designer
Olivera Gajic - Costume Designer
F. Mitchell Dana - Lighting Designer
Jorge Cousineau - Sound Designer
James Sugg - Composer

Opening Night Sponsors Harmelin Media, JPM Catering, Hatboro Beverages

Research, development and support for this production of Three Sisters was made possible by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

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Reviewing members of the press are invited to opening night Wednesday, March 26 at 7pm and may reserve tickets through Johnny Van Heest , 215.922.8900 x43.

Arden Theatre Company is located at 40 North 2nd Street in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia.

The Arden's 2013/14 Season includes:
Parade, Book by Alfred Uhry, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown - September 26 - November 3, 2013
Stick Fly, By Lydia R. Diamond - October 24 - December 22, 2013
Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Adapted by John Olive from the books by Louis Sachar - December 4, 2013 - February 15, 2014
Water by the Spoonful, By Quiara Alegría Hudes - January 16 - March 16, 2014
Three Sisters, By Anton Chekhov, a new translation by Curt Columbus - March 20 - April 20, 2014
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, Based on the book by Dr. Seuss - April 16 - June 22, 2014
Incorruptible, By Michael Hollinger - May 22 - June 22, 2014

Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers on stage, in the classroom, and in the community. We stage five productions each season as part of our mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. We create and produce new work through our new-work development program, the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden Professional Apprentice program trains future theatre leaders, and our theatre classes through Arden Drama School teach children and teens about the craft of making plays. Our access program, Arden for All, makes our work available to the entire community through subsidized tickets and books for economically disadvantaged young people.

The Arden has expanded into the Hamilton Family Arts Center, a 22,000 square foot building located three doors north of the Arden at 62 N. 2nd Street. This building is a home for process and innovation, including seven classrooms for Arden Drama School, a rehearsal hall, an 80-seat Studio Theatre, Lobby, Parent Lounge, Teacher Resource Center, and a Crafts Studio for construction of set and props. Details about the Hamilton Family Arts Center can be found online at

The Arden has received seven Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” Awards, the Arts and Business Council’s Arts Excellence Award, five City Paper “Reader’s Choice” Awards, four Philadelphia Inquirer “Theatre Company of the Year” citations, 59 awards and 276 nominations from the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, and was named “Best Theatre Company” by Philadelphia Weekly in 2009.

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