Posted on February 17, 2009 by Tia Lalani

Take a classic Chekov play, Augustana theatre students, and Kristine Nutting, and you have the Faculty of Augustana’s spring theatre production.

By Lindsay Yakimyshyn
Take a classic Chekov play, Augustana theatre students, and Kristine Nutting, and you have the Faculty of Augustana’s spring theatre production, The Three Sisters: A Black Opera in Three Acts—a show not to be missed!

Sessional instructor Nutting, who directs the black opera, was also instrumental in creating it. Cowgirl Opera, of which Nutting is a founding member, wrote the show collaboratively, with Nutting at the helm.

The adaptation of Chekov’s play was first performed during One Yellow Rabbit’s Mutton Busting Festival in 2004. Although the script underwent some changes for a Fringe tour, Boorman suggests that Nutting has reintergrated some of the text from the 2004 show for the Augustana production.

What, one may ask, makes the adaptation remarkable? Kate Boorman, who was a creative collaborator on the original production of The Three Sisters: A Black Opera in Three Acts, says, “[Nutting’s] idea to present a ‘freakshow’ adaptation of the Three Sisters demonstrates her unique aesthetic. She has a keen interest in highly visual storytelling and incorporating original, live music scores.”

Nutting’s macabre twist on the Chekov classic results in some delightfully dark characters. Boorman notes, “The characters . . . are both horrific and clown-like at once; they are grotesque and lovable.”

The theatre students are aware that this production is unlike any other that the Augustana theatre department has presented. Francois Scheurer, who performs in the show, describes The Three Sisters: A Black Opera in Three Acts as being “definitely grungier and more dark humor based” than Augustana’s previous productions. Student actor Nicole Romanycia-Moghrabi notes, “This production doesn’t hold anything back.”

Under Nutting’s direction, The Three Sisters: A Black Opera promises to be a dynamic display of movement, music, and dark comedy. 


Warning: This play has course content, graphic sexuality, and may be considered offensive.

Tickets: $10 (all adults); $5 (students with proper ID). Available at the door. Advance sales at N002 (ph. 780-679-1503).
March 5 – 7th; March 8 (matinee at 2:00 pm); March 11, 12, March 13 (later evening show at 9:40 pm – price is pay what you can for this show only), March 14.


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