The Quick Change Room
by Nagle Jackson
Directed by Chris Rohmann
Set against the crumbling of the Soviet Union as observed backstage at the Kuzlov Theater in St. Petersburg, The Quick Change Room is the comedic metaphor for the too-rapid transformation of Russia from communism to free-market capitalism. When Nina, a young, untried actress is cast in the plum role of Irina in a revival of Chekhov's The Three Sisters, she upsets company tradition and especially Ludmilla, the troupe's leading but aging diva. Then, when the theater's state support withers, Sergey, the idealistic artistic director, is booted upstairs and Boris, the crafty box office manager, takes charge to steer the company in a new direction. Acting company stalwarts Nikolai and Anna adapt to the new economic and artistic realities, as does Timofey, the stage manager. Nina's mother Marya, the company's robust wardrobe mistress, and her assistant, Lena, soldier on in the face of budget and staff cuts that put Sasha, Nina's boyfriend, out of a job. As the company loses money and audiences, Nina and Boris hatch a scheme to save the company's fortunes - by turning The Three Sisters into a musical comedy, complete with songs, dances, and a happy ending.
This production, Ashfield Community Theater’s 20th season, was co-produced by Jackie Walsh, Sue Davis, and David Knowles. Chris Rohmann directed.
This production was supported in part by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission through Local Cultural Council grants.