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The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard
"That's the human comedy, and, if it isn't riotously funny, one feels less alone in the solitary plight, indeed exhilarated, watching it unfold on stage as honestly and buoyantly and poetically as a dream. This is a Cherry Orchard that pauses for breath only when life does, for people to recoup after dying a little." —The New York Times
By Anoton Chekhov. Translated by Elisaveta Lavrova.

Cast: 7m., 5w. (extras,.) This is the script used by Peter Brook in his acclaimed production of this play, one of Chekhov's finest works. The Ranyevskayas, a landowning family, are at the point of bankruptcy and are about to lose their estate. Lopakhin, a businessman, suggests they chop down the orchard and build houses. The family is horrified; the orchard represents the pleasant past, before the mysterious forces of the changing times threatened their idyllic existence. Lopakhin buys the land and proceeds to carry out his plan to destroy the orchard. Though Chekhov was dying when he wrote this play, he didn't lose his perspective on existence and the people who endure it. Terrible, inexplicable things happen to the characters in The Cherry Orchard, but they do not give up. They simply trudge on with a dogged faith in the prospects for happiness. Area staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  C87
Cast Size:  12
No. of Act(s):  4
Pages:  66
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  80 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871292831
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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