|01||0 - Dramatis Personae||2:02|
|02||1 - Act 1||38:09|
|03||2 - Act 2||27:16|
|04||3 - Act 3||29:35|
|05||4 - Act 4||24:06|
|Mme. Ranevsky: Ruth Golding|
|Anya: Arielle Lipshaw|
|Varya: Elizabeth Klett|
|Gaev: Lars Rolander|
|Lopakhin: Andy Minter|
|Simeonov-Pischin: Denny Sayers|
|Charlotta: Anna Simon|
|Dunyasha: Tricia G|
|Yasha: Kim Stich|
|Narrator: David Lawrence|
|Audio edited by: Elizabeth Klett|
Running Time: 2 hours and 1 minute.
Read by: Cast (see contents)
Book Coordinator: Elizabeth Klett
Meta Coordinator: Elizabeth Klett
Proof Listener: Lucy Perry
Cover: Aquarelle d'une branche de cerisier, Alice Bailly (1872-1938), "Encyclopédie artistique et documentaire de la Plante publiée sous la direction de M.P. Verneuil, (en 1904-1908).
Inset: Poster for The Cherry Orchard in Russian, c. 1904, Museum of Theatre, Music and Cinema Arts of Ukraine, Kiev.
Inset: Anton Chekhov with a bow tie. Author unknown.
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The Cherry Orchard is the last of Chekhov’s four major plays. Written at a time of social change and upheaval, a few decades after the emancipation of the serfs and before the Bolshevik Revolution, the play concerns the fate of a family estate that contains a noted cherry orchard. Madame Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya is an aristocratic landowner who returns to her estate in the provinces after having fled to Paris in despair after the drowning of her son. A proud woman with a genuine love of her home, she lacks the financial acumen or practicality necessary to keep the estate from being sold at auction to retire family debts. Of course, the estate is sold to a prosperous merchant who is the son of a former serf. Chekhov thought of the play as a comedy and found farcical humor in the futility of the gentry to adapt and of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its material improvements. Stanislavski, who produced its premier in 1904, thought of it as a tragedy. Directors have wrestled with this duality ever since. The play was an immediate success and was presented immediately throughout Russia and other countries. It is considered a classic of 20th century theatre and has been translated into many languages and produced around the world. It has been a challenging vehicle for actors and directors to tackle and an important influence on playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O’Neill, Arthur Miller, and David Mamet, to name a few.
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|Author||Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)|
|Read by||Cast - see credits|
|Length||2 hours and 1 minute|
The Cherry Orchard
- Author: Anton Chekhov
- Product Code: DB-1217
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