THR3E ZISTERS by Lola Pierson and Yury Urnov


THR3E ZISTERS by Lola Pierson

Directed by Yury Urnov

January 22- February 14, 2015;  VIP Performance: February 13

Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) announces the world premiere of THR3E ZISTERS by Baltimore-based playwright Lola Pierson, conceived of and directed by Yury Urnov of Russia. 

Tickets HERE

Three Zisters is an amalgamation of a modern adaption of Chekhov's Three Sisters, a literal translation of the original Russian text, and dramatic criticism of Chekhov's work. The piece explores the innate conflict between performing classic texts and the changing roles of gender and performance in contemporary culture.  Oh, and the sisters are zombies.

The synopsis: The three sisters have long been dead and buried. Vershinin, Tusenbach, and Suleny exhume them with the hopes of creating the perfect women for their pleasure. The sisters, unburied and ready to adapt to a new way of life, learn that there are already very stringent expectations in place for their arrivals.  

THR3E ZISTER’s Austin-based cast includes Heather Hanna, Jenny Larson, and Caroline Reck as the zombie sisters, and Jay Byrd, Zac Crofford, Robert Matney, and Noel Gaulin. The award-winning design team includes Ia Enstera , Natalie George, Jessica Gilzow, and Robert Fisher.

Learn more about the creative team HERE!

Photo by Jamie rhodes, pictured from left to right Caroline reck, jenny larson, heather hanna

Photo by Jamie rhodes, pictured from left to right Caroline reck, jenny larson, heather hanna

THR3E ZISTERS runs January 22 thru February 14, 2015 (Thursdays through Saturdays) with performances at 8pm. Thursday night performances are PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH.

A gala performance of THR3E ZISTERS. Tickets start at $35 and include a post-show party with the cast and creative team. Catered by Food Everyone Deserves.

YWCA CEU Training and Panel discussion FEBRUARY 6th 2015 at 7pm Join us on the 6th for a post show panel discussion hosted by the YWCA. Panelists include Dr Charlotte Canning of UTs Performance as Public Practice Program and Carmel Drewes, LCSW and Director of Prevention and Healing Programs at Sun Dragon Martial Arts & Self Defense, NFP.

Tickets to THR3E ZISTERS start at $20 and can be purchased online HERE or in person at the Box Office (open one hour before each performance).  

Born in Moscow, Russia, Yury graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Art (GITIS) in 2000, and has directed over 40 productions in his home country, Europe, and Africa. He was one of the first to discover and direct plays by the generation of post-Soviet playwrights, who are now internationally recognized as the leaders of the New Russian Drama movement. Yury translated plays of Martin McDonagh, Sarah Ruhl, and Edward Albee into Russian, as well as a number of contemporary Russian plays into English. Since 2002, he has worked closely with the Center for International Theater Development (dir. Philip Arnoult) on a number of Russia – US cultural projects. In 2009-2011 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Towson University, MD. His recent directing credits in the US include Ubu Roi at Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco, Marie Antoinette and You for Me for You at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in DC, which Yury is a member of. 


Baltimore native Lola B. Pierson is a playwright, writer, and director. She is the co-artistic director of The Acme Corporation and the creator of Baltimore's Ten Minute Play Festival. Lola holds a B.A. in Human Rights and Playwriting from Bard College and a MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University. She has been awarded "Best New Playwright" by the Baltimore City Paper and her production of Beckett's Play won "Best Production of the Year." Most recently she is the recent recipient of the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's Ruby Award for Literary Arts and the Baltimore City Paper's "Best of Baltimore" for her production of Peter Handke's Kaspar. During the day Lola works very happily alongside the wonderful people at Figure 53.


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