The Cherry Orchard
“In The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov once again explores the themes of memory and forgetfulness, as well as the clash of values between the modern Russia of the early twentieth century and the traditional, aristocratic life of the nineteenth century. The vast cherry orchard connected to the Ranevsky estate, inherently beautiful in nature, represents the family's strong connection with the past. Newly rich landowner, Lopakhin, (neighbor and son of a former serf), campaigns to raze the orchard to build summer cottages, his answer to the financial woes of the Ranevsky family. In Chekov’s last play, The Cherry Orchard is at once absurd and comic, ironic and tragic. With characteristic compassion and humor, Chekhov holds up a magnifying glass to the foibles of being human.” said director Susan Shaughnessy.
Connor Konz, dramaturg for the production adds, “Current conflict in the Crimean harkens back to world events that set the stage for Chekhov's work. Recent political activity has drawn international attention toward Russia, creating an ideal environment for our production of The Cherry Orchard. This theatrical classic finds relevance throughout all times, with greater immediacy due to current global events and a nimble translation by Tom Stoppard. "
An audience talk-back will follow the final matinee of the production's run on April 13th, moderated by Connor Konz.
The cast includes students from the Helmerich School of Drama, they are: Christina Alfonso, Christian Black, Jon Clothier, Erika Daly, Joe Dougherty, Ryan Echols, Matthew Eitzen, Lindsay Fabes, Vivian Glazier, Blake Henri, Connor Konz, Meredith Little, Stephanie Logan, Jake Lozano, Nick Marchetti, Lindsay Marsland, Christa Ruiz, Chandler Ryan, Tommy Stuart, Casey Thibodaux, Kyle Whalen, and guest veteran actor Paul Austin. The production staff includes: Adam Honoré, Scenic Designer, Paul Kim, Costume Designer, Richard L. Sprecker, Lighting and Sound Designer, Kasey Allee-Foreman, University Theatre production manager, Tom Huston Orr, Artistic Director and Rich Taylor, University Theatre producer.
Tickets prices are $22 for adult, $18 senior adult, OU faculty and staff, and military, and $14 for students Tickets may be purchased by phone or in person with the OU Fine Arts Box Office (405) 325-4101. The box office hours are 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For tickets and accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.
Where: University of Oklahoma
Address: 660 Parrington Oval