Bethel University presents “Three Sisters”

Lissa Diaz

The Bethel University Theatre Department presents a performance of “Three Sisters,” guest directed by Clarence A. Gilyard Jr., Sept. 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance Sept. 28 at 1 p.m. in the Paqui and Brian Kelly Auditorium, Middleton Hall of Science.

Clarence Gilyard, best known for his roles in films such as Die Hard and Top Gun, and on the television shows Matlock and Walker, Texas Ranger, will direct his second show at Bethel this fall, having previously directed the 2013 production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” After working 13 years straight as the co-star of two successful television series, Gilyard took a professional sabbatical, earned his M.F.A. in theater performance, and now is associate professor of acting in film and theatre at the University of Las Vegas Nevada. Currently Gilyard is filming several new movies and is on the national tour of “Driving Miss Daisy,” where he plays Hoke Colburn.

Under Gilyard’s direction, the Bethel University Theatre Department will present a brilliant and richly imaginative translation of the classic play “Three Sisters,” written by one of modern theatre’s most important and celebrated playwrights, Anton Chekhov. It is a subtle and revealing study of life in provincial Russia, where three sisters (Olga, Irina, and Masha) and their brother Andrei live, but dream daily of their return to their former home in Moscow, where life is charming and stimulatingly meaningful. But for now, they exist in a malaise of dissatisfaction. This performance demonstrates rare fidelity and sensitivity to Chekhov’s art.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for Bethel University faculty, staff, and students. Tickets are available at


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