Lumina Studio Theatre Presents ‘3 Sisters’ This Weekend by Joel Markowitz

Lumina Studio Theatre is presenting Chekhov’s Three Sisters this weekend at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, in Silver Spring, MD. Three Sisters follows the dreams of Moscow-bred, Olga, Masha & Irina Prosorov in the time following their father’s death. Olga, the teacher, seeing her dream married life fading and being replaced by the hope of returning to Moscow. Masha, married to a man considerably older than herself and saddened that her dream of a happy life isn’t working out. The youngest, Irina, dreams of finding love & happiness in Moscow.  Their brother, Andrey, is in love with a villager, Natasha.

Executive & Artistic Director David Minton invites you to come see Three Sisters: “Thanks for your interest in the Three Sisters performed by our Ensemble Company that will be performed this weekend. We don’t use the term kids anymore around Lumina – especially with the Ensemble Group. Most of these actors have performed in over 20 productions of Shakespeare, Dickens, Fielding, etc. from a very young age and have become remarkably gifted and mature young adults – mostly 18 and on their way to college in the Fall.

Three Sisters, as one of the true flowers of Chekhov’s incredible realism, in particular, and early 20th century theatre, in general, meets what I would consider the flowering of Lumina’s particular focus:  a specific group of young actors who have worked in the rich vineyards of classical theatre for over a decade. Verse technique is second nature for these young professionals (if I could apply that term to their training at least); analysis of themes and ideas in Shakespeare’s world are a joy for them. But taking on a masterwork of the father of realism is new for them, and the results should prove both surprising and unique.

David Minton

I have played the role of Tusenbach as a young actor in Dallas theatre years ago, and I can attest that our Tusenbach goes quite beyond my ability at that time – as I would say about so many of the young actors in this production.

As our world – culturally at least – seems to be growing “younger” in feel as the years roll on, and if young actors DO have anything truly promising to add to the future of classical theatre in this country, then this production will provide a significant lens on what that future might look like.

I truly hope you can come and see these fine performers in their final production in this area.


David (Minton)

Three Sisters plays tonight Friday, March 23rd at 7 PM, tomorrow, March 24th at 2 and 6 PM, and Sunday, March 25th at 2 PM at The Silver Spring Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center -7995 Georgia Avenue, in Silver Spring, MD. For tickets, purchase them online.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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