Production Language Russian
Country of Origin Russia
Description One hundred years ago, Konstantin Stanislavsky and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko founded the Moscow Art Theater. It was to be a theater that would do away with the reigning artificiality and contrivance in performance, and bring a new standard of naturalistic acting to the stage. The co-founders could not have known the profound effect the "Stanislavsky system" was to have on theater around the world, especially upon American theater. They had given birth to the modern theater and in Anton Chekhov, had found a playwright that shared their ambitions.
In 1922, the Moscow Art Theater came for its first US tour. Their performances created a revolution in American theater. Deeply moved by the natural and realistic acting he saw on stage, Lee Strasberg was inspired to become an actor and, in turn, establish the Group Theater devoted to the principles of Stanislavsky. The Actor's Studio, spun off the Group in the 1950s, became well known for its "method" and has trained generations of leading stage and film actors.
To celebrate its centennial, the Moscow Art Theater makes a rare visit to New York City (the last was in 1965), with a new staging of Chekhov's The Three Sisters. The production, directed by the Theater's acclaimed artistic director of twenty-seven years, Oleg Efremov, was the centerpiece at an international conference marking the theater's anniversary. Regarded as Chekhov's masterpiece, The Three Sisters had its premiere at the Moscow Art Theater in 1901. Efremov's haunting production features many of Russia's finest actors and offers a deeply textured understanding of Chekhov's singular fin-de-siècle vision of wistful gloom in small-town Russia.