Chekhov’s Three Sisters

Sat Jun 05 '21 – Sun Jun 20 '21

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Adapted by Sarah Ruhl
Award-winning ensembles Nine Years Theatre and SITI Company join hands to present this hybrid retelling of Anton Chekhov’s classic play  Three Sisters. 

Three Sisters by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov stands as one of the most outstanding plays of his career. Olga, Masha, and Irina – the titular sisters – fritter away their lives in a provincial town, while they dream of returning to the cosmopolitan city where they grew up.   

Chronicling their tangled relationships, ordinary frustrations and search for meaning, the play opens a moving window into the human condition, and reveals Chekhov’s profound understanding of universal themes.   

In this new hybrid work co-created by Singapore Mandarin theatre company Nine Years Theatre (NYT) and SITI Company from New York, this classic play is re-imagined as a memory-scape of Irina, the youngest sister. The NYT actors will be performing alongside cinematic projections of SITI Company actors that allude to visual memories in the mind. The heart-wrenching story is then told through a juxtaposition of live bodies and virtual presence, heightening the tragi-comedic sentiments of these Chekhovian characters in an absurd world. 

Don’t miss this version of Three Sisters that brings together the creativity of the two companies to share a timeless story, in a way that is also a response to the current global “unnormal.” 

In person performances will be May 20-22, 2021. For those not in Singapore, you can watch via SIFA on Demand from June 5-12, 2021.

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



《三姐妹》是俄罗斯剧作家契柯夫最杰出的剧作之一,故事围绕住在一个小省城里的三姐妹 — 奥尔加、玛莎和伊琳娜。她们各有憧憬却没有实际行动,只能盼望着能重返承载了童年美好回忆的莫斯科,最终在空想中虚度了生命。