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The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard

Play


Writer:
  • status
  • chekhov
  • class
  • aristocracy
  • crumbling
  • love
  • missed connections
  • paralysis
  • identity
  • expectations
  • russian
  • desperation


Overview


Synopsis

On a frosted May morning while the cherry trees are in bloom, an impoverished Russian aristocrat and her daughter return, after a self-imposed five-year exile, to their decaying ancestral home. Financial problems force them to auction off their estate, including their beloved cherry orchard. While presented with options to save the estate, the family cannot come to consensus and take action, and the play ends with the estate being sold and the family leaving to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down. The play reflects the socioeconomic forces at work in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century, and the sinking of the aristocracy.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
4 Acts
First Produced:
1904
Genres
Drama, Comedy, Dark Comedy
Cast Size
large
Licensor:
None/royalty-free
Ideal For
ensemble cast, professional theatre, community theatre, university theatre
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes late teen, young adult, adult, elderly, mature adult, early teen characters
Tags:
  • status
  • chekhov
  • class
  • aristocracy
  • crumbling
  • love
  • missed connections
  • paralysis
  • identity
  • expectations
  • russian
  • desperation

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