Sunday, October 3, 2010


The Cherry Orchard (1904) By: Anton Chekhov

This play did not become popular until it premiered at the Moscow Art Theater, where the actors and director understood how to bring the characters to life. The director, Constantin Stanislavski, portrayed the play as more of a tragedy. However, Chekhov intended the play to be a comedy.

Summary of play: The play concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to the family's estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. While presented with options to save the estate, the family essentially does nothing and the play ends with the estate being sold to the son of a former serf, and the family leaving to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down. One of the main themes of the play is the effect that social change has on people.

Here is a video of the first part of the play in English:

Anton Chekhov:
Here is great background information on Anton:

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