The Cherry Orchard

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The Cherry Orchard  (1904) 
by Anton Chekhov, translated by Julius West
The Cherry Orchard is Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's last play. It premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre 17 January 1904 in a production directed by Constantin Stanislavski. Chekhov intended this play as a comedy and it does contain some elements of farce; however, Stanislavski insisted on directing the play as a tragedy. Since this initial production, directors have had to contend with the dual nature of this play. It has been translated into many languages and produced around the world, becoming a classic work of dramatic literature.
— Excerpted from The Cherry Orchard on Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia.

CHARACTERS

  • LUBOV ANDREYEVNA RANEVSKY (Mme. RANEVSKY), a landowner
  • ANYA, her daughter, aged seventeen
  • VARYA (BARBARA), her adopted daughter, aged twenty-seven
  • LEONID ANDREYEVITCH GAEV, Mme. Ranevsky's brother
  • ERMOLAI ALEXEYEVITCH LOPAKHIN, a merchant
  • PETER SERGEYEVITCH TROFIMOV, a student
  • BORIS BORISOVITCH SIMEONOV-PISCHIN, a landowner
  • CHARLOTTA IVANOVNA, a governess
  • SIMEON PANTELEYEVITCH EPIKHODOV, a clerk
  • DUNYASHA (AVDOTYA FEDOROVNA), a maidservant
  • FIERS, an old footman, aged eighty-seven
  • YASHA, a young footman
  • A TRAMP
  • A STATION-MASTER
  • POST-OFFICE CLERK
  • GUESTS
  • A SERVANT

The action takes place on Mme. RANEVSKY'S estate

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