Family searches for meaning in Anton Chekov's 'Three Sisters'

The Theatre School at DePaul University production opens April 13

Illustration of TTS Three Sisters production
Anton Chekov's "Three Sisters," directed by graduate student Jacob Janssen, opens April 13 at The Theatre School at DePaul.
CHICAGO — The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Anton Chekhov's "Three Sisters" directed by graduate student Jacob Janssen.

The production opens April 13 and runs through April 22 on the Fullerton Stage at 2350 N. Racine Ave. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Previews are 7:30 p.m. on April 11 and 12.

"Three Sisters" chronicles the Prozorov siblings over several years and their interactions with Russian military members who enter their lives. Olga, Masha, Irina and their brother, Andrey, search for meaning in Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece about broken dreams, inertia and missed opportunities.

The cast features Teddy Boone (Andre Prozorov), Cullen Clancy (2nd Lt. Vladimir Rose/Ferapont), Edward Hall (Fyodor Kulygin), Matthew Hannon (Lt. Col. Alexander Vershinin), Derek Jepsen (2nd Lt. Alexi Fedotik), Thales Karatsolis-Chanikian (Dr. Ivan Chebutikin), Charlotte Markle (Anfisa), Grainne Ortlieb (Masha Prozorov), Cameron Roberts (Baron Nikolai Tuzenbach), Madeleine Stark (Natasha), Kiah Stern (Irina Prozorov), Katie Travers (Olga Prozorov), and Garrett Young (Staff Captain Vassily Solyony).

In addition to Janssen as director, the production team includes Torrey Meyer (scenic design), Olive Earley (costume design), Christine Binder (lighting design), Kendall Barron (sound design), Frankie Charles (technical direction), Victoria Grindell (dramaturgy) and Nicholas Nyquist (stage management).

Janssen is pursuing an MFA in directing at DePaul. His directing credits at The Theatre School include "A Bright New Boise," "The Maids," "Richard III," "Trouble in Mind" and "Contractions." Janssen has also directed in Washington, D.C., "Carrie: The Musical" at the Studio Theatre and "Strangers on a Train" at the Source Festival. At the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts, he directed the Plimoth Players in several William Shakespeare plays including "Tempest," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth." His assistant directing credits include "A View From The Bridge" at Goodman Theatre and "Prospero's Storm" at Chicago Playworks. Janssen was an artistic fellow at Shakespeare Theatre Co. in Washington, D.C., and received his bachelor's in fine arts from University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point.

A post-show discussion will follow the April 15 and 19 productions. The April 20 performance will be interpreted in American Sign Language. The April 22 performance will include audio description services and a pre-performance touch tour.

Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Active military and their families can receive discounted tickets with valid ID. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 773-325-7900 or visiting http://theatre.depaul.edu.

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