THE CHERRY ORCHARD Completes Broadway Cast; Rehearsals Start Tomorrow!

By: Aug. 04, 2016
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Roundabout Theatre Company's new production of The Cherry Orchard, starring Diane Lane, Chuck Cooper, Tavi Gevinson, John Glover, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Harold Perrineau and Joel Grey, has found its full company.

Rehearsals begin tomorrow, Friday, August 5 for Anton Chekhov's classic play which features a new version by Tony Award winner Stephen Karam (The Humans) and is directed by Simon Godwin (Associate Director, Royal National Theatre) making his Broadway debut. This production is part of Roundabout's 50th Anniversary Season.

The complete cast will also include Tina Benko, Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Peter Bradbury,Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis. The role of "Trofimov," previously announced to be played by Aaron Clifton Moten will be played by Kyle Beltran.

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.