Roundabout Theatre Company has announced additional casting for Tony winner Stephen Karam’s new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, which will arrive on Broadway this fall under the direction of Simon Godwin.
Tony winner Chuck Cooper will play Pischik, joining Broadway and Hollywood actress Diane Lane, who is playing prima donna Ranevskaya. The star-studded principal cast also includes Joel Grey ( Cabaret, Wicked) as Firs, Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher) as Varya, Tavi Gevinson ( The Crucible) as Anya, John Glover ( Love! Valour! Compassion!) as Gaev and Harold Perrineau ( Lost, Zero Dark Thirty) as Lopakhin.
The Cherry Orchard will begin previews September 15 and open October 16 for a limited engagement through December 4 at the American Airlines Theatre. The production marks a homecoming for Lane, who made her Broadway debut in 1977 playing a child in a revival of the modern classic that starred Irene Worth (with Meryl Streep playing the maid).
The complete cast includes and Tina Benko (The Crucible), Susannah Flood, Maurice Jones, Quinn Mattfeld, Aaron Clifton Moten, Peter Bradbury, Philip Kerr, Lise Bruneau, Jacqueline Jarrold, Ian Lassiter and Carl Hendrick Louis.
Roundabout describes the play as “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.”
Tickets are available by calling (212) 719-1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org and in person at any Roundabout box office.