The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard
By Anton Chekhov
Translated By Paul Schmidt
Directed By Zachary Davis


Previews: March 9 - 11
Run: March 16 - May 5
Fri. and Sat. 8PM, Sun. 3PM

Tickets Available Now

Adults: $25
Seniors: $22
Students: $15
Previews: $12.50

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"Through Paul Schmidt's clear and hilarious translation, Piccolo Theatre and director Zachary Davis will take The Cherry Orchard back to where Chekhov originally intended: a comedy rooted in vaudeville where laughing through the tears takes on a whole new meaning. Genuine, truthful and absurd - Piccolo aims to strip down the dramatic artifice which Chekhov has been attributed, without sacrificing the poignancy, to bring a new and energetic spin on an old classic"
- Zachary Davis

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Summary

At the turn of the 20th century world traveler Liubov returns to her estate in rural Russia to reunite with her brother Gayev and two daughters, Anya and Varya. She's been gone for over five years after the death of her young son and finds a house full of servants and neighbors eager to start again. Liubov returns to face not only her memories brought on by her son's tutor, Trofimov, but debts that threaten her ownership of the estate, including the sprawling beautiful orchard of cherry trees. Businessman Lopakhin, a friend of the family (and possible husband for hopeful Varya), tries to find a solution to thwart the impending auction of the estate. However, through three fateful seasons, the family tries to cling to the way of life they've known so well even as they face the impending future of revolution and social change. Filled with sparkling characters, romance and whimsy The Cherry Orchard is Chekhov's triumphant final play and a culmination of a career discovering the funniest parts of our tumultuous, absurd lives.

About the Director

Zachary Davis is no stranger to Piccolo Theatre having directed the Tom Stoppard plays Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Rough Crossing, After Magritte and The Real Inspector Hound. He has also worked as a designer, technician and actor for the company as well as served in an administrative role. Zac is excited to return to work on the lovely and funny Chekhov play The Cherry Orchard with the talented comrades and colleagues of Piccolo's ensemble. A graduate of Valparaiso University, Zac was fortunate to direct Andy White's new translations of Chekhov's The Bear and The Proposal at Act One Studios. He has guest directed twice at Valparaiso University and worked as a director in Chicago for over ten years for many companies including LiveWire Chicago Theatre and Appetite Theatre. Zac also worked as the business and operations manager for Remy Bumppo Theatre Co and currently works as business manager at Court Theatre at the University of Chicago.

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