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Chuck Cooper Rounds Out Roundabout's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Cast, Starring Diane Lane


Just announced this afternoon, Roundabout Theatre Company will welcome Chuck Cooper as "Pischik," joining Diane Lane, Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau and Joel Grey in a new production of The Cherry Orchard.

Chuck Cooper (Pischik) won the Tony Award for his performance in Cy Coleman's The Life. He has been featured in every theatrical genre on Broadway from Shakespeare to musical comedy. The Cherry Orchard is his fourteenth Broadway show. His other awards include: Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in The Piano Lesson, the San Diego Critics' Circle Award for Two Trains Running, three Audelco Awards and two Drama Desk nominations for Choir Boy, and The Piano Lesson. His recent guest starring TV appearances include "The Good Wife," "House of Cards," "Madame Secretary," "Gossip Girl," "Nurse Jackie," and "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight." His favorite role is Eddie, Alex and Lilli's father. He is gratefully married to playwright, Deborah Brevoort.

This production of Anton Chekhov's classic play, will feature a new adaptation by Tony Award winner Stephen Karam (The Humans), directed by Simon Godwin (Associate Director, Royal National Theatre) making his Broadway debut.

The complete cast will also include Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, 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 will begin 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.

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