‘The Cherry Orchard’ Opens Sunday
CHUCK COOPER, TAVI GEVINSON, JOHN GLOVER,
CELIA KEENAN-BOLGER, HAROLD PERRINEAU
THE CHERRY ORCHARD
By ANTON CHEKHOV
A New Version by STEPHEN KARAM
Directed by SIMON GODWIN
Kyle Beltran, Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Peter Bradbury,
Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis.
Limited engagement through December 4, 2016 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is thrilled to present Diane Lane, Chuck Cooper, Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau and Joel Grey in a new production of The Cherry Orchard. This production of Anton Chekhov’s classic play features a new version by Tony Award winner Stephen Karam (The Humans), directed by Simon Godwin (Associate Director, Royal National Theatre) making his Broadway debut.
The cast also includes Kyle Beltran, Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis.
The acting company has a unique history with Chekhov: Diane Lane made her Broadway debut as a child, in the 1977 revival of The Cherry Orchard and, also in 1977, Joel Grey played Platonov (Chekhov’s first play) at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The creative team includes Scott Pask (Sets), Michael Krass (Costumes), Donald Holder (Lights), Christopher Cronin (Sound), Jonathan Goddard (Movement) and Nico Muhly (Original Music).
The Cherry Orchard began preview performances on September 15, 2016, and opens officially on Sunday, October 16, 2016. This is a limited engagement through December 4, 2016 on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street).
The Cherry Orchard is Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece about a family on the edge of ruin—and a country on the brink of revolution. The story of Lyubov Ranevskaya (Lane) and her family’s return to their fabled orchard to forestall its foreclosure, the play captures a people—and a world—in transition, and presents us with a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly. By turns tragic and funny, The Cherry Orchard still stands as one of the great plays of the modern era. First produced in Moscow in 1904, Roundabout’s new adaptation promises to
breathe fresh life into this towering tale.
Roundabout Theatre Company welcomes back playwright Stephen Karam on the heels of his enormously successful and Tony Award-winning play, The Humans, currently playing on Broadway. The Humans was Karam’s second play commissioned by Roundabout Theatre Company, and follows his wildly acclaimed debut Speech & Debate (2007) and the Pulitzer Prize finalist Sons of the Prophet (his first Roundabout commission; 2011).
Roundabout’s history with Anton Chekhov, dates back to 1971 with An Evening of Russian Theater, followed by Uncle Vanya (1971), The Seagull (1974), The Cherry Orchard (1976), and Broadway productions of Three Sisters (1997) starring Billy Crudup, Calista Flockhart, Paul Giamatti, Amy Irving, Eric Stoltz, David Strathairn, Justin Theroux, & Jeanne Tripplehorn and Uncle Vanya (2000) starring Derek Jacobi, Laura Linney, Brian Murray and Roger Rees.
The Cherry Orchard tickets are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, and in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street); Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street) and The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street). Single tickets for The Cherry Orchard range in price from $57-$142.
Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.
Roundabout Theatre Company’s 50th Anniversary Season celebrates the company’s numerous accomplishments and vision for the future with bold new productions of classic plays, a revival of the Roundabout’s first musical, and new work by some of the country’s most exciting young talent. Founded in 1965, Roundabout Theatre Company has grown from a small 150-seat theatre in a converted Chelsea supermarket basement to become one of the nation’s most influential not-for-profit theatre companies, as well as one of New York City’s leading cultural institutions. Roundabout has been recognized with 36 Tonys, 50 Drama Desks, 59 Outer Critics Circle, 12 Obie and 18 Lucille Lortel Awards for its work on five stages, reaching more than 700,000 theatergoers and employing hundreds of artists each year. Bank of America is a proud 50th Anniversary Season sponsor – a partnership that makes possible Roundabout’s many productions and not-for-profit initiatives during this landmark year.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Roundabout’s current 50th anniversary season in 2015-2016 includes Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, directed by Gordon Greenberg with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; Diane Lane, Chuck Cooper, Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau and Joel Grey in The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, with a new version by Stephen Karam, directed by Simon Godwin; Love, Love, Love by Mike Bartlett, directed by Michael Mayer; and the national tour of Sam Mendes & Rob Marshall’s Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret.
The 2016-2017 Roundabout Underground season includes Kingdom Come, a new play by Jenny Rachel Weiner, directed by Kip Fagan; and On the Exhale, a new play by Martín Zimmerman, directed by Leigh Silverman.
Roundabout’s season in 2017 will include John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub, Jessica Hecht and Danny Devito in Arthur Miller’s The Price, directed by Terry Kinney; If I Forget by Steven Levenson, directed by Daniel Sullivan; Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson, directed by Anne Kauffman; Napoli, Brooklyn by Meghan Kennedy, directed by Gordon Edelstein.