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The Cherry Orchard - cover

The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov, Julius West

Publisher: Open Road Media

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The highly acclaimed Russian classic of twentieth-century theatre about a wealthy family unable to let go of the past or face the future. At the turn of the century, Russia is undergoing massive changes. Feudalism has ended, the middle class is growing, and the aristocracy are uncertain of their future . . .  The cherry orchard on the Ranevskaya grounds is known throughout the country for its beauty, but it now sits on the brink of ruin. The entire estate is headed for auction if the family cannot pay off their debts. The land’s fate lies in the hands of the family’s matriarch, Madame Ranevskaya, recently returned from five years in Paris where she wasted away much of her fortunes.  Neither Ranevskaya nor anyone else in her household can fathom the gravity of the situation. But a merchant, the son of a former serf on the land, has an idea . . .  Written in 1903, The Cherry Orchard premiered in Moscow in 1904. It was Chekhov’s last play before his death that same year. Since then, the work has been translated and adapted into numerous languages and performed around the world.
Available since: 11/29/2022.
Print length: 81 pages.

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