The Cherry Orchard

Butler University’s Theatre department presents Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard this Wednesday, February 24 through Sunday, February 28. Tickets for this Indianapolis theatre event are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Performances are at 8:00 pm February 24 through 27, and 2:00 pm on February 27 and 28 in Lilly Hall Studio Theatre 168.

Perhaps one of Anton Chekhov’s most well known plays, The Cherry Orchard was also his last. It premiered in Moscow in January of 1904. Though Chekhov intended for the play to be a comedy, it was widely received as a drama because of Constantin Stanislavski’s insistence on directing as a tragedy. For years it was considered one of the most epic tragedies in Russian literature, despite the behest of its playwright.

The play’s plot follows the events (or lack of) that occur as one aristocratic Russian woman and her family return to their well-known estate, prior to its auctioning off. The family can no longer pay the mortgage and are forced to give up their lavish home. Though they are presented with many options to save the estate, lined with a beautiful and large cherry orchard, they essentially fail to act. When they do nothing the, estate is sold to the son of a former serf to the family.They leave to the sound of their cherry trees being chopped down.

Set in Russia just after the turn of the twentieth century, The Cherry Orchard is an examination of the futility of aristocratic society to uphold its status and, in tandem, the impossibility that the working class will find meaning in its new found materialism. Written after serfdom was abolished in Russia in the mid-nineteenth century as a reflection of socio-economic forces at play in Russia during the turn of the century, Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard is an apropos snapshot of shifting class values.

Directed by Butler University professor Elaina Atremiev and starring Butler University students. Atremiev comes to Butler University from the Moscow Art theatre, where she taught acting and directing. She recently completed her PhD at the Government Institute of Theatrical Arts in Moscow, Russia. She is an expert in the acting methodologies of both Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov. For the past five years, Atremiev has shared her talents with Indianapolis education.

For additional information about this Indianapolis performing arts event, or to purchase tickets, visit the Butler University Theatre website (below).

Before the show, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for some grub from any of the great Indianapolis restaurants there. Afterward, head back for drinks at the hot Indianapolis bars. Discuss whether you thought Butler’s production of The Cherry Orchard was a comedy or a drama. Stay tuned to Indianapolis, News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

The Cherry Orchard
February 24 through 28, 2010

Butler University Theater
1600 Sunset Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46208