Performance Photos by Siggi Ragnar: THE CHERRY ORCHARD by Chekhov, Classic Theatre, San Antonio, May 4 -
(photos by Siggi Ragnar)
“The essence of Chekhov’s art... is inclusion and simultaneity, the rapid shift from one tone to another, the mockery of the most moving moments with slapstick parodies of them.”
- Richard Pevear, translator
Just as moving moments are followed by slapstick, we approach The Cherry Orchard as Tragedy meets Hero’s Journey, as Political Romance with a side of Farce, as Russian-American Class Struggle plus Treatise on the Unfairness of Love, all at once. The customs, archetypes, social structure and politics belong to Chekhov’s Russia of 1904; but to stop at mere period and nationality would be to shortchange him. There’s something deeper about these characters, something you can’t confine, yet you can see in the face of anyone on earth. His play chronicles what it’s like to be a human being— to yearn, to remember, to work, to feel scared, to laugh, to strive, to win and lose. This is the level of universality we want to reach with his play, and it is only through openness and bravery that we can get there.
The Cherry Orchard takes place in 1904 Russia and 2018 USA, at the same time. It is Anton Chekhov's masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin and a country on the brink of revolution. Early one May morning, after a five-year absence, the widow Madame Ranevsky returns home to her family estate to find that it has been heavily mortgaged to pay for her extravagances and that it is to be auctioned off. Madame Ranyevskaya and her brother, find themselves scrambling to retain a vision of gentility amidst a climate of huge social and economic transition. How will they cope?
May 04 - May 27, 2018
1924 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, TX, 78201
| Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm
|Classic Theatre, 1924 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78201|
Opening Night – May 4, 2018. Please join us for a complimentary opening night champagne reception!
Ticket prices are as follows:
Free and accessible parking. The theatre is handicapped accessible.
If you have questions, please contact The Classic Theatre Box Office at (210) 589-8450