Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard

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Nadav Soroker, Contributing Writer

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The SRJC Theatre Arts Department is bringing Anton Chekhov’s classic tragicomedy “The Cherry Orchard” to the Burbank stage. Director Leslie McCauley is helping Molly Umholtz become Madame Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya, the matron landowner of a family of impoverished Russian aristocrats, with her co-stars and on-stage daughters Grace Kent and Reba Crawford-Hayes.

The show revolves around the family’s titular cherry orchard, which they must auction off to cover the debt in which they find themselves mired upon their return from Paris. With an extensive cast of memorable, complex and fascinatingly flawed characters, the family and their friends must deal with romances budding and souring, the impending debt and the crumbling of the social structure as aristocratic Russia gives way to the new wave.

Recommended for ages 14 and above, The Cherry Orchard is runs March 7-16 in the Burbank Auditorium. Tickets are available at the Box Office in the Auditorium, online at www.santarosa.edu/theatrearts/tickets.html or at (707) 527-4343.

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