Dr. Marion Castleberry directs the new play, which began previews Sept. 28 and runs through Oct. 21 in repertory with Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.
Inspired by the Chekhov classic, The Coffee Trees "takes place on a Guatemalan coffee plantation following the country's 35-year civil war between communist guerilla forces and conservative landowners," according to show notes. "The play examines one family's struggle to find its place in a new society that threatens to leave some of them behind."
The production of Cherry Orchard — re-set in the late 1940's in the American South — is adapted and directed by Resonance artistic director Eric Parness from the Julius West translation. The run began Sept. 30 and will open Oct. 4.
The cast of The Coffee Trees features Teddy Canez, Chris Ceraso, Elizabeth A. Davis, Dan Domingues, Christine Farrell, Annie Henk, Veronica Matta, Steven Pounders and Victor Truro. Performing in Cherry Orchard are Alberto Bonilla, Chris Ceraso, Brian D. Coats, Elizabeth A. Davis, Bill Fairbairn, Susan Ferrara, Sacha Iskra, Ben Masur, Jessica Myhr, James Ware, Kari Nicole Washington and Evan Zes.
The design team for both stagings are Dustin O'Neill (scenic), Sidney Shannon (costume), Bobby Bradley (lighting) and Nick Moore (original music/sound). Tickets to The Coffee Trees and The Cherry Orchard at Theatre Row's Beckett Theatre (410 West 42nd Street) are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit ResonanceEnsemble.org.