‘The Cherry Orchard’ by Anton Chekhov

518ELppOjKL._SL300_.jpgThe first instalment of the Chekhov series by The Online Stage has just been released on Audible. I play Dunyasha, a somewhat vain and silly young maid who falls in love with Yasha. Here is a sample.

The Cherry Orchard is Chekhov’s final play, first performed in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre and directed by Konstantin Stanislavski. It takes place on the Ranevsky family’s country estate, which boasts a large cherry orchard that is in bloom as the play opens. The family is gathering at the estate for a reunion but also to decide how to handle their debts, which have reached a crisis point. The impractical Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, hope for a miracle to pay their mortgage while the successful merchant Lopakhin advises them to cut down the orchard and sell the land. The destinies of the family members mirror the fate of Russia itself as it transitions away from a landed aristocracy toward an uncertain future.

The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov

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