Cherry Orchard

November 04, 2004 - March 05, 2005

by Anton Chekhov
translated by Associate Artistic Director Curt Columbus
directed by ensemble member Tina Landau
featuring ensemble members Robert Breuler, Francis Guinan, Amy Morton, Yasen Peyankov, and Rondi Reed
November 4 – March 5, 2005

Synopsis

The visionary director of The Berlin Circle and The Time of Your Life completely transforms the confines of the Upstairs Theatre to stage a new translation of Chekhov’s funny, sensual classic about moving forward in changing times. Tina Landau and her design team put the Steppenwolf audience in the room with the legendary characters of Madame Ranevskaya’s estate. Five returning Steppenwolf ensemble members and nine acclaimed Chicago actors appear on Steppenwolf’s intimate stage for this unforgettable Cherry Orchard.

Running Time

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including 1 Intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects(such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Watch & Listen

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

"Tina Landau's enchanting, high-speed production: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Flashes of magic."
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

"brilliant...filled with visual invention, insightful directing and exceptional ensemble acting. Chekhov seldom has looked or sounded better... An extraordinary production."
Dan Zeff, Copley News

Program Articles

Cherry Orchard - Artistic Director Martha Lavey's Preview

We are delighted to welcome you to the Upstairs Theatre at Steppenwolf for our production of Anton Chekhov's Cherry Orchard.

Cherry Orchard Blossoms in a New Translation

Director of New Play Development Ed Sobel interviews Associate Artistic Director Curt Columbus about the translation of Cherry Orchard and the art of Anton Chekhov.

Cherry Orchard on the Page

Backstage compares a translation from a library textbook with a piece of Columbus's script.

The Dresser: Artistic Director Martha Lavey's Preview

For the first time, we are inviting our subscribers to enjoy one of their five–play series in the Upstairs Theatre. Producing one of our plays Upstairs gives us the opportunity to open up new weeks in the schedule.

5 QUESTIONS FOR GRIP DESIGN

Steppenwolf has been working in partnership with grip design to create the unique images for our subscription series posters. Backstage sat down with the designers at grip and asked them 5 Questions.

Bringing the Outside In: Building Cherry Orchard

One of the surprising elements of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Cherry Orchard is the place itself. Artistic Director Martha Lavey spoke to scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez at his studio in Connecticut about the exciting process of bringing Cherry Orchard to life.

Moving Up and Moving On

Steppenwolf's production of Cherry Orchard, Chekhov's final and greatest play about family and change, appropriately marks an exciting transition for the Steppenwolf family of artists and subscribers.

Unearthing Cherry Orchard's Roots

The history of Anton Chekov's Cherry Orchard.

Running Time

Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes, including 1 Intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects(such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.