Kevin Kilner will be Lopakhin, Peter Donat is Gayev and Mia Dillon plays Varya to Marsha Mason's Madame Ranevskaya in the July 19-Aug. 5 presentation of The Cherry Orchard at Santa Fe Stages. Tom Moore directs.
Mason has starred on stage in such works as Amazing Grace, but is best known for her film work. Among her credits are "The Goodbye Girl," "Only When I Laugh," "Chapter Two" and "Cinderella Liberty." Mason will play the feckless, frivolous mistress of a Russian estate, who is forced to sell her family's cherished orchard in order to pay off debts.
Kilner first earned notice playing The Gentleman Caller opposite Calista Flockhart's Laura at New York City's Roundabout Theatre Company. His most significant role since then has been as a feckless husband in Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends. Donat and Mason are well acquainted; they co-starred in Cyrano de Bergerac and A Doll's House, both at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, where Donat was a member for 25 years.
Dillon won a Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in the Broadway production of Crimes of the Heart. Also in the cast are Mackenzie Astin, Matt DeCaro, Anthony Diaz-Perez, Ursula Drabik, Adrienne Dreiss, Alan Mandell, Emma Roberts and Time Winters.
The production will play at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. *
Other highlights of the Santa Fe Stages season include:
• Aug. 3-19: Sharon McKnight in Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook
• Aug. 25: Mary Cleere Haran and Richard Rodney Bennett perform the Gershwin cabaret show, "The Memory of All That"
Tickets range $10-$45. Santa Fe Stages is located at 100 N. Guadalupe St. In Santa Fe, NM. For more information, call (505) 982-6683.
—By Robert Simonson