Ellen Burstyn Will Star in Free, 10-Performance Run of The Cherry Orchard in NYC

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03 Jul 2014

Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
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The Actors Studio will present Oscar, Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Burstyn in a new staging of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, translated by Jean-Claude van Itallie, at The Actors Studio July 10-21.

John Gould Rubin will direct the limited engagement, which plays Thursdays-Mondays at the W. 44th St. venue.

Burstyn will be joined on stage by Actors Studio members Robert Adrian, Patrik Baldauff, Lash Dooley, Gabriel Furman, Gabriel Fazio, Beau Gravitte, Timothy Doyle, Sam Hamill, Conn Horgan, Joe Maruzzo, Mihaela Mihut, Sarah Anne Miles, Evgeniya Radilova and Dena Tyler.

Burstyn, who serves as co-president and artistic director of The Actors Studio, said in a statement: “When The Cherry Orchard was first performed at the Moscow Art Theater, the director Stanislavsky called it a ‘great tragedy.’ Chekhov insisted it was a ‘comedy.’ The Actors Studio finds it is both. We look forward to sharing our vision of this great classic work with the supporters of The Actors Studio.”

This production will feature scenic and costume design by Andreea Mincic, lighting by Isabella Byrd, sound by Iggy Hung, choreography by Katherine Crockett and musical compositions by Andrea Fratto. Additional company members include production manager Libby Jensen, production stage manager Catherine Beckett, stage managers Emily Ballou and Katy Moore, prop manager Liana Jackson, and technical interns Anita Clay, James Lentini and Paul Lehrman.



Founded in 1947 by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg, The Actors Studio, according to press notes, "continues to dedicate its efforts to the service and development of theatre artists—actors, directors and playwrights—through programs that facilitate a safe haven for the creation of new works and the exploration and nurturing of the artist’s craft."

Performances are free to the public and require reservations made through reservations@theactorsstudio.org.