Oct 3, 2006    #149
Contact: Nick Barron

‘Three Sisters’ explores modern-day angst

A play that defines the struggle of modern middle class society is the latest play from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Theatre, and the chosen production for the second annual La Comédie UMKC, a fundraiser benefiting UMKC Theatre scholarship students.

First performed in 1901, Anton Chekhov’s “The Three Sisters” retains its relevancy by exploring the angst and disillusionment many have in today’s world.

The play follows the lives of the three Prozorov sisters (Olga, Masha and Irina) and their brother, Andrei, over a period of years as each character makes vain attempts to create a better life for themselves. By combining both comedic and tragic elements, the play examines the conflict between lives hoped for and lives realized. The production is directed by Barry Kyle and adapted by Nicholas Wright, based on an original translation by Helen Rappaport.

In its first year La Comédie UMKC raised over $200,000 for UMKC Theatre scholarships.

A reception at Scott Francis’s newly remodeled home is included in the price of a Patron ticket ($125). Francis, a supporter of UMKC Theatre, serves this year as honorary chair of the benefit event. An Event ticket is $50. Both tickets include admission to the Nov. 9 performance of “The Three Sisters,” as well as a dessert reception beforehand. The play will be performed at the Helen F. Spencer Theatre in the Performing Arts Center at UMKC.


Saturday, Nov. 4 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, Nov. 8 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 9 7:30 p.m. (Benefit performance)

Friday, Nov. 10 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 11 2:00 p.m./7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 12 2:00 p.m.

UMKC Theatre has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top graduate theatre training programs in the country. The program trains a select group of highly talented actors, designers, stage managers and dramaturgs for careers in the performing arts. Graduates from the UMKC program are invited to the most prestigious New York competitions and auditions to exhibit their work and secure positions with national and international performing companies. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) and is a member of the University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA).

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban affairs.

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This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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