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Three Sisters After Chekhov

Written By - Mustapha Matura
  • Directed by - Gregg T. Daniel

The Lost Studio
130 S. La Brea Avenue

  • Scenic Designer Shaun Motley
  • Costume Designer Naila Aladdin Sanders

Mustapha Matura's penetrating adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic play set in 1941 Colonial era Trinidad. The play involves three sisters who live privileged lives in Port of Spain with their unworldly brother and his domineering wife. They dream of returning home to their adopted country, England, where they spent their cosmopolitan youth. But these ambitions of emigrating soon collapse as WW II escalates and the Trinidadian army is called to serve King, Country and Empire. This play captures the complexities of family life, challenges community consciousness, and celebrates the collective human experience. Featuring: Nadege August Terrence Colby Clemons Prema Cruz Jason Delane Douglas Dickerman Yvonne Huff Veralyn Jones Diarra Kilpatrick Michael Ralph, Elayne Taylor Jeorge Watson Mirron Willis

Reviews

  • "...Three Sisters After Chekhov by Mustapha Matura is a superb, post-colonial adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s classic masterpiece. An ambitious undertaking, the play tells the stories of a privileged family living in Colonial era Trinidad and explores the delicate relationship we all have to ourselves, to family, to community and to the government." - LATheatreReview.com
  • "...Gregg T. Daniel directs his able cast with authority and precision, on Shaun T. Motley's handsome set. Kilpatrick's Audrey is physically flamboyant but ultimately touching. Huff's Helen is subdued, and her affair with the British captain never really catches fire. Taylor strives to make sense of the slightly underdeveloped role of Alma, but Clemons' Peter is an eloquent portrait of a weak, alcoholic gambler. August's Jean lights up the stage whenever she appears, which makes one regret her absence from the last act. Other fine performances include Jeorge Watson, subbing for Mirron Willis, as Helen's cuckolded husband; Jason Delane as a violent, pugnacious Trinidadian lieutenant; and Michael Ralph as Audrey's ill-fated political-activist fiancé." - Backstage

About the Writer

Mustapha Matura won the George Devine and John Whiting awards in 1971 for his first full-length stage play, AS TIME GOES BY, which was staged at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh and at the Royal Court, London. He won the Evening Standard's Most Promising Playwright Award in 1974 for PLAY MAS which opened at the Royal Court and subsequently transferred to the West End.

'Playboy of the West Indies' (based on J M Synge’s PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD) opened at the Oxford Playhouse in 1984 and subsequently toured the UK finishing at the Tricycle Theatre in London.

'Trinidad Sisters'(based on Chekhov's THREE SISTERS) was first staged by the Tricycle Theatre Company at the Donmar Warehouse in February 1988 and opened in the US at the Arena Stage, Washington in March 1992. A radio version of TRINIDAD SISTERS was transmitted on the BBC World Service on 1 April 2001. A reworked version of the play, reverting to the original title Three Sisters opened at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in February 2006 with succesful 10 week tour. Oberon Publishing

'The Coup' was commissioned and presented by the Royal National Theatre in 1991 playing in repertoire at the Cottesloe Theatre for many months and to much critical acclaim. A major revival of MEETINGS was toured nationally by Black Theatre Co-operative in 1991 opening at the Tricycle Theatre. Methuen Publishing

Featuring

  • Jason Delane Lee
  • Yvonne Huff Lee
  • Veralyn Jones

Behind the scenes