By Anton Chekhov

Adapted & Directed by Christopher McElroen

Set Designer: Troy Hourie
Costume Designer: Jenny Mannis
Lighting Designer: Jeff Croiter
Choreographer: Bruce Heath

Cast: Wendell Pierce, Petronia Paley, Charles Turner, Roslyn Ruff, Chandra Thomas, Dana Watkins, Earle Hyman, Vinie Burrows, George Hosmer, Carolyn Ratteray, J. Kyle Manzay, Darian Dauchan, Natalia Goncharov and Michael C. O'Day

February 4 – February 27, 2005 | NYC

The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov's best-loved and most luminous work, explores the bittersweet passing of a way of life and its devastating effects. McElroen blew the dust of this world classic and presented an innovative and highly visual production.

Press Quotes

  • “Stunningly powerful production”  - The New York Times
  • “Like Orson Welles and Joseph Papp before him, Christopher McElroen, the co-founder of the ever adventure some Classical Theatre of Harlem, knows that casting is key -- especially when it comes to Chekhov, whose “Cherry Orchard” he has adapted and staged … McElroen has taken Chekhov’s recurring theme of master and servant in many new directions.”  - The New Yorker
  • “A remarkable version of The Cherry Orchard that not only reaches Chekhov’s goal of high comedy but retains the innate tragedy that flows beneath every line ... Director Christopher McElroen creates a vivacious combination of moods that is alluringly theatrical.” -
  • “A vibrant, energetic, almost non-stop presentation … [McElroen] has found the life and humor in this classic” -
  • “Under Christopher McElroen's deft direction the production releases the vital force of Chekhov …  this Cherry Orchard moves briskly, riding Chekhov's musicality.” - Village Voice