Running time: Two hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
The Cherry Orchard is the final play written by Russia’s most enduring playwright, Anton Chekhov. Written when Russia was on the verge of an earth-shattering revolution and Chekhov himself was in the grips of tuberculosis, The Cherry Orchard is an unflinching laugh in the face of mortality.
The action of the play takes place on a country estate outside of Moscow where Madame Ranevskaya, her family, her friends, and her servants all are standing on the brink of social, political, and economic changes that will alter their lives forever. As the older generation of family members and servants struggle to hold onto a deteriorating way of life, the younger generation pushes onward toward an uncertain future. By turns poignant and funny, serious and irreverent, Chekhov’s play deftly illustrates that the only constant we face as human beings is change. How we embrace that change is ultimately all we have to hold onto.
Seagull Project Artistic Director Gavin Reub describes it like this: “People know The Cherry Orchard. They know the axes, the selling of the house, the breaking of the string. People know The Cherry Orchard, but do they know the ghosts that live in the dead forest? The echoes of lost children? The stink of Paris left behind, the beauty of a bookcase, and the tortures of a party beyond, behind, and living in the drunken stupor of your expectations? People know The Cherry Orchard. Soon we can all see just how much we can know.”
Past Productions: The Three Sisters (2015) | The Seagull (2013)
The Seagull Project was formed out of a passion for the great works of Anton Chekhov. Having met and collaborated on Seattle Shakespeare Company's wildly successful Threepenny Opera in 2011, the founding producers immediately sought a new collaboration; one which allowed the actors to take the time needed to create an ensemble and honor the work of Chekhov with bravery, honesty, simplicity, and elegance. In January of 2013, they opened The Seagull in ACT's Falls Theatre, garnering both audience and critical acclaim. In April of 2014, The Seagull Project had the great distinction of becoming the first American ensemble in history to perform at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan - a Seattle sister city. Upon their return, they produced Chekhov's Three Sisters in January of 2015, honoring the company with The Gregory Award for Outstanding Production, and a Seattle Times Footlight Award. Learn more about The Seagull Project at www.theseagullproject.org .
Brandon J Simmons
Hannah Victoria Franklin
Melissa Y Hamasaki*
*Members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
Post-show talkback | February 8 & 10, The Falls Theatre
Join The Seagull Project for a talkback following performances of The Cherry Orchard on Feb 8 and 10.
An In-Depth Look at The Cherry Orchard | February 11 at 5:30pm, ACT Theatre
Join world famous Chekhov scholar, and translator of The Seagull Project's The Cherry Orchard, Dr. Carol Rocamora, for a very special presentation on Chekhov's life and theatre. Let us set the stage for your viewing of the anticipated production, or come to learn more about the famous doctor, and his role in a transformative and surreal 19th century landscape. Dr. Rocamora lectures at Julliard and NYU, and her adaptations have performed across the world, as well as on Broadway and by famous directors such as Peter Brook. Besides having many of her books published, Dr. Rocamora writes for The Nation, The New York Times, The London Guardian, and American Theatre Magazine.
This complimentary event is general admission, no tickets necessary.