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USD Theatre Presents Three Sisters

Promotional Photo for Three Sisters. The photo shows, left to right, Rachel Smith, Alex Newcomb-Weiland, and Katie Meirose as the "Three Sisters.".

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota’s Department of Theatre presents a new translation of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, “Three Sisters,” Feb. 15-18.

“Three Sisters” follows the story of Olga, Masha and Irina as they traverse their predictable daily lives in pre-revolutionary Russia while contemplating their own purpose in their modern world.

Assistant professor of acting Tim Pyles said he is thrilled to be directing the play. “Quite simply, it’s a story of love and loss. Everyone can relate to that. Not to mention it has three of the best roles ever written for women.”

Pyles has enjoyed exploring the social and political connections between this play written in 1900 and our current moment in history. He said, “‘Three Sisters’ takes place at a moment of extreme social unrest and dissatisfaction with the central government. Social and economic inequalities were massive issues. And at the same time, it’s a beautiful period piece.”

USD’s production of “Three Sisters” is based on a new translation by one of America’s foremost playwrights of the 21st century, Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl wrote this new version of the play in 2009, making it accessible to American audiences while remaining very faithful to the original Russian text. Ruhl brought out much of the comic moments in Chekhov’s original play that have often been overlooked by translators.

“Three Sisters” performs February 15 – 17 at 7:30 pm with a matinee performance on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets ($15 Adults, $12 Senior Citizen [62+], $10 K-12 & non-USD students with ID, and $5 USD students with ID) can be purchased in the afternoons (12 – 5 p.m.) starting Feb. 8 at the USD Theatre Box Office or by calling (605)677-5400; tickets can also be purchased now online at


USD's College of Fine Arts encourages students to pursue their chosen professional field in art, music or theater through their study with nationally recognized faculty who are working professionals. Students learn and grow to be professional fine artists with great job potential anywhere in the country. The college offers opportunities for additional real-world experiences through work with guest artists, study tours abroad and opportunities at the National Music Museum and the University Art Galleries on the Vermillion campus and the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park. The college brings more than 80 guests artists to campus annually to work with students.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News