Three Sisters

The Sofia Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2001
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Directed by Stoyan Kambarev

about the production

… I have always said that theatre is a lonely business. In loneliness you discover forgotten truths, emotions, worlds you have left behind. The production is your penetration into the lonely worlds of other people, lured by the play of the theatre, wandering between their own extremes. And somewhere there, in the mad painful loneliness something keeps being born.  Something you love, something necessary for others too.

Stoyan Kambarev, director of the production

 Stoyan Kambarev used to be known in the Bulgarian theatre as the best interpreter of Pinter. It is thus completely natural that it was him who created the production which presents Chekhov as a precursor and a kindred spirit of the representatives of the so-called theatre of the absurd. And it is Kambarev who becomes the new discoverer of Chekhov in our theatre culture.

The year was 1998. Life in Bulgaria for quite some time resembled waiting for Godot, only it was gradually losing the elements of humour of that situation. It was in this sense that the director decomposed and again put together The Three Sisters, shortening the final part of the play, charged with hope. Stoyan Kambarev created his Three Sisters during the last months of his fatal struggle with cancer. Several days before he died, before the opening night itself, he said: "I have never considered how the performance will be put together in its completeness. I have always started from little things. Sometimes I am worried they are banal, childish, boring, hut... I indulge in them subconsciously, flirt with them, juggle them, love them... Those little things are life itself... Death is completeness, which scares me."

Kalina Stefanova, critic, Bulgaria




directed by: Stoyan Kambarev
music: Asen Avramov
stage design: Nikola Toromanov  with special participation of Todor Rajkov
costume design: Emilian Sabev, Marieta Džurovova, Nikola Toromanov
characters and cast:
Andrei: Nikolaj Kostadinov, Natasha: Desislava Tenekedžievová,
Olga: Bojka Velkovová, Masha: Snežana Petrovová, Irina: Lilia Lazarovová, Kuligyn: Nikolaj Urumov, Vershinin: Todor Bliznakov, Tuzenbach: Viktor Biserov, Solonyi: Dean Donkov, Chebutykin: Vasil Dimitrov, Fedotik: Viktor Kal Rode: Michajl Milčev, Ferapont: Nikolaj Antonov, Anfisa: Maja Ostoičová


Stojan Kambarev (1953 – 1998)

He never stood in the centre of media attention. He did not have followers. However, his name was a guarantee of punishing demands on himself and on theatre. His work on the stage and his search evoked a strange, almost fearful respect. In his productions he builds a spooky and unique world through which he holds a dialogue with time. His pieces are hermetically sealed, provocatively deep, with an emphasis on the individualism of the characters. That is the approach of the director and the manner of communication with time and the search for his own expressive theatre language. The performances stand firm and their impact is broad-ranging. Mutual overlapping of the real and the irrational, an encounter of cool intellect with a sparkle of intense emotionality of the subconscious, the constant resurrecting of one's own inner harmony, feelings and impulses - all this is transformed into the reality of the theatre which Stoyan Kambarev authored.

In 1983 he graduated in Drama Theatre Directing at the Theatre Academy in Sofia with a production of Ostrovsky's  The Storm. In 1985 he received the Young Director Award of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. In 1986 he participated in a study stay in Poland - in Cracow and Katowice, and in 1991 – 92 in Rome. In 1988 he received the Young Director Award at the National Survey of Theatre for Children and Young People, a year later first place at the 8 National Survey of Bulgarian Theatre and Drama. In 1996 he received Askeer, theatre award for directing (Gorky's Mother, 1996). Stoyan Kambarev's productions have been presented at festivals in Bulgaria and abroad (Romania, Russia, The Czech Republic, Poland). A selection of his work in the nineties: A. Vampilov: Last Summer at Chulimsk, N. V. Gogol: The Government Inspector, G. Spiró: Chicken Heads, B. Strauss: Time and the Room, J. Radichkov: January, M. Gorky: Mother, Vassa Zheleznovova. Emphasis on staging Harold Pinter: The Homecoming (twice), Lover, Birthday Party.



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