Glass Mind Theatre will bring Baltimore the world premiere of A House, A Home - a brand new adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters, written and directed by Ben Hoover. The show runs at E.M.P. Collective from April 5 - 14, 2013 pm Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.
Step inside the Prozorov home with Glass Mind as we celebrate a birthday, feast at the dinner table, and break apart theatre's most tragically restless family. Playwright/Director Ben Hoover stitches fragments of the original text, pop-culture inspirations, and interactive multimedia into a gripping theatrical experience. Come for the birthday party - stay for the duels, vodka, and introspection!
Hoover, a member of Single Carrot Theatre, has written The End of the World (co-written with Joshua Conkel) and The Effect of Songs, featured in Glass Mind's third and second Brainstorm festivals, respectively. He's interested in "thinking of the difference between house and home, of what makes a family (and makes someone part of it), of fears and futures, idealism and realism, and all sorts of different styles of media."
"We're not trying to pound home any point (much like I think Chekhov was not trying to pound home any point about anything in the original)," Hoover says. "We're providing a different slice of life."
Hoover speaks enthusiastically of the script development. "The cast has really jumped on board. They're rocking some improv-based exercises and creating very defined characters that I could have never conceived without them being involved in the process. It's exactly what theater should be: specific to the stage," he says. "Just weird enough to make people remember they're watching a show."
Jasmine Andersen, Ann Turiano and Amy Parochetti are the titular trio - the contemporary Irina, Masha and Olga, respectively. The show also features Glass Mind company members Artistic Director Andrew Peters as the modern Andrey, Community Engagement Manager Alexander Scally as Vershinin, and Managing Director Lynn Morton as Natasha/Nat. Glass Mind newcomers David Gamble, Joel Ottenheimer and Alex Smith round out the cast.
E.M.P. Collective, who's housing Hoover's adaptation, is located at 307 West Baltimore Street directly by the University Station/Baltimore Street lightrail station. Tickets will be available on www.glassmindtheatre.com. General Admission is $15; $10 discount for seniors, students and artists. Visit the site for more information on the company, become a fan of Glass Mind on Facebook, follow the company on Twitter, or join the conversation by using #aHome.