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NEW YORK, NY – Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is pleased to announce the publication of Three Sisters, the classic play by Anton Chekhov, as adapted by Tracy Letts. Letts’s adaptation premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in the June of 2012.
“A lucid renewal of Chekhov’s world. To his great credit, Letts hasn’t tried to make his script stand out but rather to erase the misplaced reverence of most Chekhov translations. The effect reveals the colors and original intent beneath, including Chekhov’s underappreciated humor.”
—Michael McGregor, Oregonian
When the champion of modern family drama takes on the genre’s patriarch, the result is an energetic and vitalizing adaptation of one of Chekhov’s most beloved plays. A cruder, gruffer outline of the plight of the wistful Prozorov sisters serves to emphasize the anguish of their Chekhovian stagnation. This latest work from Letts envisions the revered classic through a fresh lens that revives the passionate characters and redoubles the tragic effect of their stunted dreams.
“Letts’s accessible adaptation puts Chekhov’s human longings at the forefront. Letts’s script shows a tremendous empathy for Olga, Masha, Irina and the men in their lives.”
—Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago
Tracy Letts is a playwright, actor, and resident company member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August: Osage County.
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