Classic Stage's Cherry Orchard, Starring Dianne Wiest, Gets Extra Week; Previews Begin Nov. 16

By Kenneth Jones
14 Nov 2011

John Turturro
John Turturro
Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Classic Stage Company has announced an extension for the run of its new production of Anton Chekhov's tragicomic classic The Cherry Orchard, featuring John Turturro as Lopakhin, Dianne Wiest as Ranevskaya and Daniel Davis as Gaev, now to Dec. 30. Performances begin Nov. 16 at CSC's Off-Broadway home on East 13th Street.

The cast also includes Ken Cheeseman (Pischick), Alvin Epstein (Fiers), Josh Hamilton (Trofimov), Slate Holmgren (Yasha), Roberta Maxwell (Charlotta), Juliet Rylance (Varya), Michael Urie (Yepikhodov), Elisabeth Waterston (Dunyasha) and Katherine Waterston (Anya).

The Cherry Orchard is directed by Andrei Belgrader, with a translation by John Christopher Jones. The official opening is Dec. 4. (It was originally to close Dec. 23.)

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.