Milwaukee Rep Opens Cherry Orchard Adaptation by Irish Playwright Murphy April 17

News   Milwaukee Rep Opens Cherry Orchard Adaptation by Irish Playwright Murphy April 17 Tom Murphy's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, the 1904 Russian classic about a family's lethargy in the time of change, opens April 17 after previews from April 14 at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Performances of the Ben Barnes-directed production continue in Wisconsin to May 10 at the Rep's Quadracci Powerhouse Theater.

"Set in 1904 on the edge of the Russian Revolution, this bittersweet and haunting comedy is Chekhov's final play, a masterpiece about a rapidly changing world and a way of life on the brink of destruction," according to Rep notes. "With fortunes fading fast and the auction of their estate looming on the horizon, an impoverished Russian family is uncertain of what the future will bring."

Playwright/adapter Tom Murphy is a prolific Irish dramatist. His plays include On the Outside, A Whistle in the Dark, A Crucial Week in the Life of a Grocer's Assistant, Famine, The Morning After Optimism, The Sanctuary Lamp and more.

The cast of The Cherry Orchard includes Rep Resident Acting Company members Mark Corkins (Yermolay Lopakhin); Jonathan Gillard Daly (Stationmaster); Laura Gordon (Charlotta Ivanovna); Torrey Hanson (Leonid Gayev); Gerard Neugent (Simon Panteleyevich Yepikhodov); James Pickering (Boris Borisovich Simeonov-Pishchik); Rose Pickering (Ensemble); Deborah Staples (Lyubov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya) and Brian Vaughn (Yasha). Guest actors in this production are Richard Halverson (Firs); Jürgen Hooper (Petya Trofimov), Erin Neal (Varya Ranyevskaya); Kathleen Romond (Dunyasha) and Lee Stark (Anya), who recently appeared in The Rep's popular production of Pride and Prejudice. Members of the The Rep's Artistic Intern Company appearing in the play include Andrea Dennison-Laufer (Ensemble); Sam Hicks (Ensemble); Josh Innerst (Post Office Clerk/Vagrant); Jordan Laroya (Ensemble); Richelle Meiss (Ensemble); Brian Rooney (Vagrant); James S. Rudy (Vagrant); Aaron Shand (Vagrant), Cassandra Stokes-Wylie (Ensemble) and Heidi Wermuth (Ensemble).

The production/design team includes Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer); Rachel Healy (costume designer); Thomas C. Hase (lighting designer); Barry G. Funderburg (sound designer); Ed Burgess (choreographer); Kristin Crouch (literary director); Amanda Weener (stage manager); Laura F. Wendt (assistant stage manager); Abigail Isaac (assistant director) and Donna Larsen (stage management intern). The Rep is located at 108 East Wells Street in Milwaukee, WI. For more information visit www.milwaukeerep.com.

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