Warten auf Drei Schwestern

(“Waiting for Three Sisters”) Hayal Perdesi Theater in co-production with Istanbul Theater Festival 

Waiting for The Three Sisters 
adapted from Anton Chekhov. 

Following a successful festival tour, award-winning artist Selin İşcan makes her debut in Berlin with this highly topical adaptation of the Chekhov classic. 

Three women are waiting. They want to go to the West, like so many before them, in hopes of a better life. Three actresses dream of going to Berlin to play “Three Sisters” there. Stopped at the border, they perform excerpts from Chekhov’s classic. On an imaginary line drawn on a world map many years ago, between countries, between horizons, between theatrical and personal, experience and imagination, Mascha, Olga and Irina come to life… 

 “With his three young, magnificent actresses, Aleksandar Popovski creates a poor, wild, fragile theater that, in dealing with great misfortune, gives a rare feeling of happiness.” (Gilles Costaz, webtheatre.fr

“The Hayal Perdesi Company achieves what European politicians have failed to do.” (Krapp’s Last Post, Milan)

 “Warten auf Drei Schwestern” is a co-production of the Theater Hayal Perdesi with the International Theater Festival Istanbul, where it premiered in May 2016 as part of the main program. In 2017, the work was already a guest at the prestigious theater festival in Avignon and was nominated for “Best International Show” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Three award-winning actresses playing Olga,  Masha, Irina and  actreeses/ refucees. Selin İşcan, Jale Arıkan and Nisan Arıkan. Selin İşcan has long been prominent on the major stages of Turkey. The Turkish-German actress Jale Arıkan is also well known to the German television / cinema audience. Aleksandar Popovski, artistic of the Maribor National Theater, is one of the most renowned theater and film directors in the Balkans, having been awarded numerous times for his work. The innovative stage design was created by trained industrial designer and artist Sven Jonke. (www.numen.eu) Selin İşcan will present regular productions at the tak Theater Aufbau Kreuzberg in 2019, supported by funding from the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. 

The Berlin adaptation was directed by director and member of the collective artistic management of tak, France-Elena Damian.


  • Directed by: Aleksandar Popovski 
  • Direction – Adaptation Berlin: France Elena Damian
  • Chekov-Adaptation: Aleksandar Popovski, Dubravko Mihaneviç, Ivana Sajko
  • Asisstant Director: Tara Manić
  • Stage Design: Sven Jonke
  • Costume Design: Taciser Sevinç
  • Musik: Barış Manisa
  • Lighting Design: Aleksandar Popovski
  • Voices: Levend Öktem, Reha Özcan, Levent Üzümcü, Tolga Evren, Sermet Yeşil, Sercan Gidişoğlu, Cem Sultan, İlker Abay, Emir Murat İzci
  • Artistic Direction: Selin İşcan


  • Olga: Jale Arıkan,
  • Masha: Selin İşcan
  • Irina: Nisan Arıkan



*Premiere 27.03.2018 Berlin Kesselhaus