The Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov, translated by Tom Stoppard
October 17-20, 2019
Anton Chekhov is a unique force in modern drama, his works cherished for their brilliant wit and insight into the human condition. The action takes place at the country estate of Madame Ranevskaya, an estate famed for its beautiful cherry orchard—and soon to be sold at auction unless the delinquent taxes are paid. The family of Madame Ranevskaya are delicately balanced between the old world order where they are nearly royalty, and the new world where everyone makes his or her way. As the play begins Madame Ranevskaya has returned from Paris, where she has frittered away her fortune, and it is apparent that neither she, nor her family and friends, can come to grips with the crushing reality which they must face, or truly fathom the loss which threatens them. Only the merchant Lopakhin, the nouveau riche son of a peasant, seems to realize the gravity of their situation.