The Cherry Orchard – Iowa State University Theatre Production

a newly revised version in English by Jean-Claude Van Itallie, from Anton Chekhov

woman standing in woods next to mansion


The action for Chekhov’s last and finest play takes place at the country estate of Madame Ranevskaya, an estate famed for its beautiful cherry orchard–and soon to be sold at auction unless the delinquent taxes are paid. As the play begins, Madam Ranevskaya has returned from Paris, where she has frittered away the last of her fortune on a cynical young lover. It is soon apparent that neither she, nor her family and friends, can come to grips with the crushing reality which they must face, or truly fathom the loss which threatens them. Instead, they continue to go on as if nothing has changed, and only the rich merchant, Lopakhin, the nouveau riche son of a peasant, seems to realize the gravity of the situation. Ironically, it is he who bides successfully for the estate and who sets his men to felling the trees as, in the bittersweet finale, Madame Ranevskaya departs again for Paris and the fragile promise of a new and perhaps better life.

November 13, 14, 15, 21, and 22 @ 8 p.m.; November 16 and 23 @ 2 p.m. – Fisher Theater, Ames

The Cast

Lopakhin – Dennis P. Ryan
Dunyasha – Deb Swinford
Yepikhodov – Douglas B. Rose
Anya – Sufi Ertur
Varya – Maria Samson
Madam Ranevskaya (Lyubov Andreyevna) – Jane Cox
Gayev – Garry W. Sullivan
Charlotte Ivanovna – Karla Fritsch
Simeonov-Pishchik – Barry Childs
Yasha – Christopher Libby
Firs – Michael A. Stone
Trofimov – Shannon Reilly
A Vagrant – G. Jack Barr
Station Master – Butch Barthelemy
Postmaster – Erick E. Johnson
Servants – Lynn Fotheringham, Brian Gouran, Annette McCuen

Production Team

Director – Gregg Henry
Stage Manager – Terry Torkildson
Assistant Director/Dramaturg – Robert Braudt
Assistant Stage Manager – Lisa Glaus
Guest Costume Designer – Kristiine Flönes-Czeski
Guest Scenic Designer – Gregory Anderson
Lighting Designers – George Dowker, Matthew Reinert
Sound Designer – Bryan Baker

Read about it in the November 12, 1986 Ames Tribune article and the November 25, 1986 Iowa State Daily article.