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The Three Sisters By Anton Chekhov GENRE Russian Drama SETTING Various rooms in the house of Prozorov a small country town Russia THEMES Talk talk nothing but talk all day long Masha IV Such trifles such silly little things sometimes become so important suddenly for no apparent reason You laugh at them just as you always have done you sill regard them as trifles and yet you suddenly find theyre in control and you havent the power to stop them Tuzenbach IV DRAMATIS PERSONAE Prozorov Andrei Sergeevich Natasha Natalia Ivanova - his fiance afterward his wife Olga Olga Sergeevna Olya Olyushka Olechka - his sister Masha Marya Sergevvna - his sister Irina Irina Sergeevna Irenushka - his sister Kulygin Fdor Ilyich a teacher at a boys school and husband to Masha Vershinin ALeksandr Ignatievich a lieutenant colonel and battery commander Tutzenbach Nikolai Lvovich baron and a lieutenant in the army Soleni Vasili Vasilievich a captain Chebutykin Ivan Romanovich an army doctor Fedotik Aleksei Petrovich a second lieutenant Rod Vladimir Karlovich a second lieutenant Ferapont Ferapont Spiridonich an old porter from the County Council Office Anfisa the Prozorovs former nurse and old woman of eighty Roles for 9 men and 5 women SYNOPSIS The Prozorovs live in a rural town where an army division is garrisoned Despite the seemingly endless flow of people in and out of the house the sisters constantly seek something more in their lives embodied in their recurring desire to move to Moscow They complain about their lives but do little or nothing to change it Irina takes a job Masha has an affair with Vershinin Olga becomes headmistress of a local school and Andrei marries Natasha Their lack of action has now tied them to their small town and they remain even after the army division moves away DRAMATIC ELEMENTS Point of Inciting Interest None - no crises see below Major Crises None see below
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