Cue the Axe! Michael Urie, Daniel Davis, Juliet Rylance, Alvin Epstein to Wander CSC's Cherry Orchard

By Kenneth Jones
16 Sep 2011

Juliet Rylance
Juliet Rylance
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Complete casting has been announced for Classic Stage Company's new production of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, the tale of rich but shortsighted Russians — chief among them, Madame Ranevskaya, played by Dianne Wiest — in a time of great change.

Oscar winner Wiest and John Turturro as former serf Lopakhin were previously announced for the Off-Broadway staging, to be directed by Andrei Belgrader. The translation by John Christopher Jones comes to life starting Nov. 16 for a run to Dec. 23 at CSC's East Village home on 13th Street. Opening night is Dec. 4.

The tragicomic classic will also feature Christian Camargo (Trofimov), Ken Cheeseman (Pischick), Daniel Davis (Gaev), Alvin Epstein (Fiers), Slate Holmgren (Yasha), Roberta Maxwell (Charlotta), Juliet Rylance (Varya), Michael Urie (Yepikhodov), Elisabeth Waterston (Dunyasha) and Katherine Waterston (Anya).

Here's how Classic Stage characterizes The Cherry Orchard: "First presented in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre, The Cherry Orchard was Chekhov's final play, and with this new production CSC completes its acclaimed Chekhov Cycle, which has included The Seagull (with Wiest and Alan Cumming), Uncle Vanya (with Denis O'Hare, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard) and Three Sisters (with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard). The latter two productions were directed by Austin Pendleton. With its Chekhov Cycle, CSC mounted these four masterpieces over the past five years, and gathered a dedicated constellation of actors, designers and directors, many of whom continued to return to work together on these remarkable plays."



The Cherry Orchard will include scenic design by three-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto, costume design by Marco Piemontese, lighting design by James F. Ingalls, hair design by Paul Huntley and sound design and original music by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery (MCC Theater's The Submission).

CSC is at 136 E. 13th Street. Performances will play Tuesdays at 7 PM; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM; Saturdays & Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $70 for weekday performances and $75 for weekends. For tickets and information, visit www.classicstage.org or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101.