“Three Sisters” by Anton Chekhov
16-27 JAN 2019
How should we live? Nobody knows. Writing “Three Sisters” as a comedy about expectations, Chekhov suggests something reactionary: let’s live without fantasies, with action alone. One hundred and seventeen years later, there’s still every reason to remember his advice.
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Forget Moscow and pre-revolutionary Russia. Dimitris Xanthopoulos stages “Three Sisters” (1901) in the belief that every place and every era finds itself on the point of rupture, in a state of constant turmoil. He does retain the military environment of the provincial town, though, in which the three daughters and only son of a dead general now find themselves. They nurture a burning desire to return to the idealized city of their childhoods. But they are not in a position to make this happen.
“They sink into a state of inertia, into the fantasy of a ‘life’ in some ‘Moscow’ or other. Trapped within themselves, they lose touch with reality. Beyond the four walls of their home, they fall apart. This confrontation with Outside lies at the heart of the production. And this confrontation is all our stories— our anguished struggle to find our place in a world into which we were thrust, without reason or cause”, the director notes.
creditsTranslation: Alexis Kalofolias, Dimitris Xanthopoulos
Director: Dimitris Xanthopoulos
Settings and Costumes: Eleni Manolopoulou
Music: Alexis Kalofolias
Movement: Vaso Giannakopoulou
Lighting Design: Tasos Palaioroutas
Assistant Director: Dimitra Mitropoulou
Production Manager: Rena Andreadaki
Andrei: Aris Armaganidis
Natasha: Rebecca Tsiligaridou
Olga: Mando Giannikou
Massa: Angeliki Papathemeli
Irina: Kalliopi Kanellopoulou Stamou
Kulygin: Vasilis Karamboulas
Vershinin: Antonis Miriagos
Tuzenbach: Giorgos Frintzilas
Solyony: Aris Balis
Chebutykin: Giorgos Valais
Fedotik: Giorgos Stamos
Ferapont: Thodoris Skyftoulis
Anfisa: Nikolitsa Drizi
Produced by: Onassis Stegi
read more“They sink into the fantasy of a ‘life’ in some ‘Moscow’ or other. Trapped within themselves, they lose touch with reality. Beyond the four walls of their home, they fall apart. This confrontation with Outside lies at the heart of the production. And this confrontation is all our stories— our anguished struggle to find our place in a world into which we were thrust, without reason or cause”, the director notes.
“One's first acquaintance with Chekhov’s plays is often disappointing—I mean, you can summarize the plot in just a few words. But their charm lies not in their dialogue or their plot, but in the meaning hidden beneath the words, in the pauses and the silences, in the protagonists’ inner action”, wrote the first director of Anton Chekhov’s works, Konstantin Stanislavski.
In Dimitris Xanthopoulos’ production, the lead role of the younger sister, Irina, is played by an 18-year-old non-professional, Kalliopi Kanellopoulou-Stamou, who dazzled audiences with her talent at the OCC's Onassis Youth Festival.
This is the third time the OCC will be staging a work by Anton Chekhov. The first was in 2015 with the “Cherry Orchard” directed by Nikos Karathanos, the second in 2016 with “Who left this fork here?”—a wired stage anatomy of the third act of “Three Sisters” directed by Daniel Fish as part of the “Made in USA” festival.
Now Dimitris Xanthopoulos is staging "Three Sisters” ten years after his directorial baptism of fire with Chekhov’s “The Seagull”.
Born in Lake Taganrog on the Sea of Azov into a family of merchants who later went bankrupt and were forced to sell the family’s ancestral home and flee to Moscow (see the ‘ancestry’ of the cherry orchard that’s for sale in the play of the same name), Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) is the pioneering author of a series of masterpieces: “Platonov”, “Ivanov”, “The Seagull”, “Uncle Vanya”, “Three Sisters”, “The cherry orchard”.
As well as a playwright, he was also a daring doctor and researcher. He crossed Siberia to reach Sakhalin Island, a penal colony on the Pacific, to study the appalling living conditions of the prisoners, and dedicated himself to fighting the cholera epidemic that had broken out in the Russian countryside—the natural landscape in which his later dramas would be set.
Actor and Director, founding member of the Pequod theatre company (2010).
His collaboration with the OCC began in 2012, when he played in and co-directed, with the other members of the Pequod group, “The double book” by Dimitris Hadzis. The production was staged at the OCC as well as in Paris (Théâtre de la Ville) and Marseille (Villa Méditerranée).
In both the 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 seasons, he collaborated with the OCC's Teenage Theatre Festival as a director, while during the 2016–2017 season, he directed Giorgios Vizyinos’ “Moskov-Selim” for the Teenage Stage. As an actor, he took part in the production of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “The Devils” directed at the OCC by Konstantin Bogomolov (2017).
As an actor, he has also collaborated with theatres including the Embros (“The sand diary”), the Sfendoni (“The Good Person of Szechwan”), the Theatre on Kefallinias Street (“Mud”), the Pallas (“The third wedding wreath”), and has also played in films including “The Inn”, “False alarm”, “Soul kicking”, “Glitter”, “Welcome to All Saints”, “A.C.A.B. ALL CATS ARE BRILLIANT”, and “Zizotek”.
He has directed the production “Case Work”, Sophocles’ “Electra” and has co-directed, along with the other members of the Pequod company, Chekhov's “The Seagull”, Dimitris Hadzis’ “From fifty-fifty in love”, and Christos Aggelakos' “The two of us now”.