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On May 18, 19 and 20, Milton Academy students, directed by performing arts faculty member David Peck, present Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters in Ruth King Theatre. Chekhov’s play is about the decay of the privileged class in Russia and the search for meaning in the modern world. The Prozorov sisters, played by Jessica Kingsdale (Class II) as Irina, Elise Wanger (Class II) as Masha, and Reya Sehgal (Class II) as Olga, are refined and cultured young women who were raised in urban Moscow but now live in a small, provincial town. With their father dead, their anticipated return to Moscow comes to represent their hopes of a better life.

“We are currently blessed with a crop of outstanding young actors at Milton,” said David Peck. “This seemed, therefore, like a good time to bring Chekhov to our stage and our students.

“Three Sisters is filled with dialogue that leaves the most important action of the moment unsaid, pulsing beneath the words, and building the tension of unexpressed desire. It will demand a great deal of our actors and even of our audience. The reward for both is a deeper and more moving appreciation of the beautiful struggle involved in being human and seeking meaning.”

On Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

This article, about Chekov’s Three Sisters, was mistakenly posted earlier without appropriate attribution, which we would like to correct as the article continues as a news item: The source of several phrases within the article is “The Three Sisters: Introduction.” Drama for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowski. Vol. 10. Detroit: Gale, 1998. January 2006. 16 May 2006.