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    THREE, a queer meditation on Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS, Now Playing at Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center

    THREE is a queer meditation on Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS as seen through an American and Queer prism of four soul-searching siblings and their extended family in the United States.

    THREE offers a snapshot of the Prozorov family and their loved ones on four different days in four different eras in a fictional army base town in the far north of the upper Midwest.  Although the entire play covers just a little over 5 years of their lives, each act is set in one of four distinct eras: 1946, 1982, 1995 and the present.

    “I wanted the audience to see themselves in the characters in a direct way,” said playwright Nick Salamone. “I made an effort to adapt Chekhov’s characters with a concern for the diversity of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity that I hope will reflect our audience. I wanted the adaptation to live in the world of the last century of American life in a meaningful and resonant way, which is why I chose to set the four acts in four different eras of life in this country: the end of World War II in 1946, the AIDS/Reagan era of 1982, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995, and today in a world still feeling the effects of the Covid epidemic. I tried very hard to find analogs to the various intentions of Chekhov’s characters and the obstacles and conflicts that exist between and among them that would root my characters in these seminal historical American touchstones.”

    PHOTO CREDIT: Zev Rose Woolley

    Emily Kuroda as Olga;  Rachel Sorsa as Masha and Hayden Bishop as Irina/Renik star as the THREE sisters with James Liebman as Andrei, Robert Almodovar as Kulligan, Eric B. Anthony as Freddy,  Alberto Isaac as Kapiling, Tracey A. Leigh as Amelia, Rebecca Metz as Natasha and Clay Storseth as Tuzenbach with stage directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera.

    PHOTO CREDIT: Zev Rose Woolley

    THREE is currently running at the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center’s Davidson/Valentini Theatre at Los Angeles LGBT Center 1125 N. McCadden Place, Hollywood 90038. Underground parking is available.

    Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, Sunday and Mondays at 8 PM and Sundays at 7 PM.  Tickets $20-$39 with select Pay-What-You-Choose seats available at select performances. THREE runs thru March 18, 2024.

    THREE is a part of Playwrights’ Arena the first and oldest theater dedicated to discovering, nurturing, and producing original works written exclusively by Los Angeles playwrights, and Los Angeles LGBT Center, the largest provider of services to the LGBTQ+ community in the world.

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    Mike Pingel
    Mike Pingelhttp://www.mikepingel.com/
    Mike Pingel has written six books, Channel Surfing: Charlie’s Angels & Angelic Heaven: A Fan’s Guide to Charlie’s Angels, Channel Surfing: Wonder Woman, The Brady Bunch: Super Groovy after all these years; Works of Pingel and most recently, Betty White: Rules the World. Pingel owns and runs CharliesAngels.com website and was Farrah Fawcett personal assistant. He also works as an actor and as a freelance publicist. His official website is www.mikepingel.com
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