This Sunday, October 16, Broadway begins playing host to celebrated Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s final masterpiece, The Cherry Orchard. The production is located at American Airlines Theatre and is scheduled to end on December 18.
The major cast of the play has some serious star power backing it up, including:
- Longtime film star Diane Lane as Madam Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya. Lane returns to The Cherry Orchard in the lead role after playing a background character in a Lincoln Center production at 12 years old.
- Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper as Boris Borisovich Simeonov-Pischik
- Tony Award winner Joel Grey as Firs
- John Glover of Smallville fame as Leonid Andreyevich Gaev
- Harold Perrineau of Lost fame as Yermolai Alekseyevich Lopakhin.
The Cherry Orchard tells the story of an aristocratic Russian woman and her family. When their estate is set to be auctioned off to pay the mortgage, they are given the opportunity to save it and make some money. The play explores some of the social upheaval that was occurring at the time in Russia after the emancipation of the serfs 40 years previous. The characters range from those aristocrats who refuse to recognize the new social order, to those aristocrats who do, to members of the lowest class who nonetheless find themselves wealthy.
The Cherry Orchard was first performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904. Written by Chekhov as a comedy, director Konstantin Stanislavski envisioned it as a tragedy, and despite Chekhov’s best efforts at the time it has retained elements of both to this day. The play has since been performed around the world and was most recently a production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music earlier this year.
Given its limited run, you won’t want to miss it! Find tickets for an upcoming date.