Arlene Hutton

The Three Sisters Brontë

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The Three Sisters Brontë

by Arlene Hutton

Drama, Full-length

Set against the bleak and windy Yorkshire moors in the 1800s, THREE SISTERS BRONTË follows the lives of the Brontë sisters as they struggle to find creative prosperity while
navigating the harsh realities of male society.
Faced with limited opportunities for scholarly women, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne live in the rich worlds of their imaginations, dreaming of life in London, until they are forced to face the truth that nothing is certain, and their destinies are best served when held firmly in their own hands.
As their brother Branwell descends into madness and
their father grows blind, the three sisters must find a way to make their own living in an era when men of means asked
“the woman question”: what does society do with educated unmarried women? Inspired by Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, who reportedly
read The Life of Charlotte Brontë a few years earlier before his
play opened, THREE SISTERS BRONTË explores the parallels
in the lives of the real life Brontës and the fictional Prozorovs.


Cast of Characters

(3W, 6M)

CHARLOTTE BRONTË —a former governess. 28 years old.

EMILY BRONTË — her sister, 26 years old.

ANNE BRONTË — their sister, 24 years old.

BRANWELL BRONTË — their brother, 27 years old.

PATRICK BRONTË — their father, 60s, a Yorkshire parson.

ARTHUR BELL NICHOLLS — Patrick Brontë’s curate.

WILLIAM WEIGHTMAN — a curate, 20s.

SMITH — another curate.

THE VICAR OF BRADFORD — 50-70s, an old friend of Patrick’s.

CROSBY —a visitor. Can double with SMITH


The Brontë parsonage in Haworth, Yorkshire.


Act I, Scene i January, 1844.

Act I, Scene ii A year and a half later. July, 1845

Act II, Scene i Two years later. July, 1847

Act II, Scene ii bA year and a half later. December, 1848


Arlene Hutton

Arlene Hutton is the author of Letters to Sala, As It Is In Heaven and Last Train to Nibroc, which premiered at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, received a NY Drama League Best Play nomination, was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and was the first FringeNYC play to move off-Broadway. The Rubicon Theatre production of her play Gulf View Drive received a 2018 Ovation Award for Best Production. Regional credits include B Street, Chester Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Florida Studio Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Mad Cow, and Washington Stage Guild.

Her plays have been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway, in London and