Project: Thr3e Zisters
Production: Salvage Vanguard Theater
Location: SVT, Austin, TX
Direction: Yury Urnov
Text: Lola Pierson
Set: Ia Ensterä
Lighting: Natalie George
Costumes: Jessica Gilzow
Sound: Robert Fisher
"He (Matney) doesn't set the stage for the Pierson/Urnov adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, because Ia Ensterä's set does that, literally, by itself. After Matney clears off, the looming wall at the far depths of the SVT space animates itself and comes rolling forward, menacing under the cold gleaming stage lights, stopping only inches short of the theatre seats. We're flooded with cacophony as we suddenly see bloodless female bodies emerge from the windows and drape themselves bonelessly across the openings. They move, they speak, one delivers an eerie wailing monologue insisting that the smell of cut flowers is really the flowers screaming in pain. It's an exquisitely scary moment."
"Urnov is aided by Ia Ensterä's fascinating set design..."
"Ia Enstera's sets are always breathtaking, and this one is no exception; the facade of the house sweeps back and forth across the stage."
"I particularly enjoyed the set, which included a dilapidated farmhouse wall on wheels. This allowed for dynamic use of space, including moments when the sisters fly towards the audience or retreat, making certain portions of the performance feel more intimate than others. It also allowed the exterior wall to be shifted to the side, opening up the set for a wide range of locations throughout."