The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
In Russian with English titles
Directed and adapted by Lev Dodin, design by Aleksander Borovsky, lighting design by Damir Ismagilov
Maly Drama Theatre of St. Petersburg returns to BAM with the US premiere of another Chekhov classic, The Cherry Orchard, in a production directed and adapted by the company’s artistic director, Lev Dodin.
Chekhov’s last play recounts the tale of an old family of the landed gentry who fail to adapt to changing times. It was first staged in 1904 and presaged a period in which Russian society underwent seismic shifts. Entrenched values and social structures were rapidly dismantled and aristocracy gave way to an unsettling ascension of the proletariat.
More than a century later, Chekhov’s masterpiece functions not only as a historical chronicle, but a prophetic vision of change. The Cherry Orchard premiered in 2014 at Maly Drama Theatre in St. Petersburg, and was subsequently presented at Moscow Arts Theatre (2014) and at Théâtre de Monfort, Paris and Amsterdam’s Holland Festival (2015).
The legendary Maly Drama Theatre began against all odds in war-ravaged Leningrad in 1944, performing in relative obscurity until the mid-70s when current Artistic Director Lev Dodin and other well-known artists joined the company. Maly Drama Theatre made its BAM debut with Gaudeamus: The Construction Battalion as part of the 1994 Next Wave Festival. It has since appeared with Uncle Vanya in 2010 and Three Sisters in 2012.
BAM Harvey Theater (651 Fulton St)
Feb 17—20, 23–27 at 7:30pm, Feb 21 at 3pm (opens Feb 19)
Tickets: $25, 45, 65, 90 (weekday); $30, 50, 75, 100 (weekend)
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