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Playwright

Anton Chekhov

Performance Dates

January 25-29; February 1-5, 1995

Creative Team

Guest Director................................Doreen Dunn

Set Designer..................................Rob Johnson

Costume Designer.........................Katie Robbins

Lighting Designer...........................Dana White

Sound Designer.............................Robert Holland

Technical Director..........................Kathlyn D. Brandt

Costume Shop Supervisor.............Marcia Hain

Assistant Technical Director...........Fred L. Smith

Production Assistant......................Pat Foltz

Synopsis

On a frosty May morning while the cherry trees are in bloom, impoverished Russian aristocrat, Mrs. Ranevsky, returns to her decaying ancestral home with her daughter, Anya. Mrs. Ranevsky is heavily in debt and still grief-stricken by the premature death of her son five years earlier. Her financial crisis forces the family to auction off their estate, including their beloved cherry orchard. Varya, Mrs. Ranevsky’s older, adopted daughter, has been looking after the estate and is frustrated by her mother’s refusal to accept her predicament. Ignoring the practical advice of local businessman, Yermolay Lopakhin, the family cannot come to a consensus and take action, and the estate is eventually sold. Whilst the family sadly drink to the end of their home, Lopakhin reveals that it is he who has bought the estate. As the family prepare to leave, they hear their precious cherry orchard begin to be cut down. The play reflects the socioeconomic forces at work in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century, and the declining status of the aristocracy.

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Disciplines

Acting | Dance | Theatre and Performance Studies | Theatre History

Keywords

College Theater, Otterbein University Theatre, Musical Theatre, Drama

The Cherry Orchard

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