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The Cherry Orchard

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on 24 January 2014

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Transcript of The Cherry Orchard

General Information
The Cherry Orchard
was written from 1901 to 1903 in Yalta. It was published at the end of June, 1904, a few days before Anton Chekhov died.
Anton Chekhov
Anton was born January 29, 1860 in Russia. He was a trained doctor in Moscow. He wrote short stories and novels as well as plays, which made him famous in the early 1900's. He was awarded the Pushkin Prize and retired from medicine to write in 1892. He married an actress, Olga Knipper and died July 15, 1904.
Movies
1962- directed by Michael Elliot, starring Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud
Political Relevance
Some say the play could be seen as a metaphor for Russia. It was written shortly before the revolutions began, when money was being used to support the Russo-Japanese war and prices for food were rising.
Sources
http://www.sparknotes.com/drama/cherryorchard/facts.html
The Cherry Orchard
The performance
The Cherry Orchard
was first performed on January 17, 1904. The first Broadway performance was February 17, 1977
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and almost 200 other titles
This is a quote I really liked, I know it wasn't part of the assignment, but I'm writing it down anyway
"Who knows? And what does it mean-you'll die? Perhaps a man has a hundred senses, and when he dies only the five know to us are destroyed and the remaining ninety-five are left
alive."
-Trofimov, the scholar
By Anton Chekhov
http://ibdb.com/production.php?id=3896
http://www.biography.com/people/anton-chekhov-9245947
http://www.online-literature.com/anton_chekhov/
Middlebury College
Chichester Festival Theater
Ravens Theatre, Chicago
Plot
The Cherry Orchard is divided
into four acts

The Cherry Orchard begins with
Madame Ranevsky and her daughter
Any returning home to find that their
families home needs to be sold to pay off debt. Lopakhin, a former slave suggests renting the
property out. Pride makes the family refuse. In
the end, Lopakhin buys the property at the
auction. Then the members of the family all
go their separate ways. Throughout the
story,thoughts about life and romances
between characters are woven in.
http://www.theatrehistory.com/russian/chekhov002.html
1981-directed by Richard Eyre, starring Judi Dench and Bill Paterson
1999- directed by Mihalis Kakogiannis, starring Charlotte Rampling and Alan Bates
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