The Cherry Orchard

Poster for The Cherry Orchard.

The action for Chekhov’s last and finest play takes place at the country estate of Madame Ranevskaya, an estate famed for its beautiful cherry orchard–and soon to be sold at auction unless the delinquent taxes are paid. As the play begins, Madam Ranevskaya has returned from Paris, where she has frittered away the last of her fortune on a cynical young lover. It is soon apparent that neither she, nor her family and friends, can come to grips with the crushing reality which they must face, or truly fathom the loss which threatens them. Instead, they continue to go on as if nothing has changed, and only the rich merchant, Lopakhin, the nouveau riche son of a peasant, seems to realize the gravity of the situation. Ironically, it is he who bides successfully for the estate and who sets his men to felling the trees as, in the bittersweet finale, Madame Ranevskaya departs again for Paris and the fragile promise of a new and perhaps better life.

November 13, 14, 15, 21, and 22 @ 8 p.m.; November 16 and 23 @ 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

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Read about it in the November 12, 1986 Ames Tribune article and the November 25, 1986 Iowa State Daily article.


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