In a groundbreaking collaboration, Soulpepper and Obsidian Theatre are set to unveil the Canadian premiere of the reimagined classic, ‘Three Sisters’, written by Inua Ellams and directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu. This innovative adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s beloved play, set against the backdrop of Nigeria, will grace the stage from February 29 to March 17, 2024, at Soulpepper Theatre.

Ellams, a poet, playwright, and graphic artist, infuses traditional African oral storytelling with contemporary poetics, creating a narrative that is both familiar and refreshingly new. The play, featuring a cast of 12 African characters, sheds light on a marginalized yet significant part of African and human history.

The story revolves around three sisters – Lolo, Nne Chukwu, and Udo – grappling with their father’s loss and longing for their birth city, Lagos, while unknowingly on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. This adaptation explores the devastation of colonialism and the fight for emancipation through the lens of family and love.

Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, the Artistic Director of Obsidian Theatre, expresses her excitement and honor in bringing this piece to life. She believes the stunning adaptation offers a thrilling and exciting reimagining of a story that resonates with many.

Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper Theatre Artistic Director, shares the sentiment, expressing her thrill that this “dream show” is having its Canadian premiere at Soulpepper. She anticipates that audiences will be moved by Ellams’ poignant retelling of the story.

This production promises to be an extraordinary offering that explores themes of identity, displacement, and destiny. It’s a must-see for those seeking a thought-provoking theatrical experience.

When: February 29, 2024, to March 17, 2024, at 7:30 pm (Mondays are dark). Weekend and Wednesday matinees at 1:30 pm and Pay What You Choose Tuesdays

Where: Baillie Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane

Approx. Runtime: 3 hours (including 20-minute intermission)

Price: Tickets range from $36.00 to $87.00 incl. fees and taxes To purchase tickets:

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