Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, a New Adaptation
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Set largely in an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, this black comedy follows fiction writer Katurian as he is questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of murders in the area that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Katurian's mentally challenged brother is also brought in for questioning, and over the course of the play, the brothers are forced to relive the traumatic events of their own upbringing through the lens of Katurian's writings. This brilliant work about storytelling and its implications won Irish playwright Martin McDonagh the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2005 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play and two Tony Awards. Learn More
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Featured review from Olga
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This is my first review and I feel compelled to write it. Being Russian myself, fluent in both language and culture, I was bitterly disappointed by this portrayal of The Cherry Orchard. It represents an intentional mauling of this great classic. The spirit and meaning of the text are entirely lost; by no means is this an accurate representation of Chekhov's work. The characters, too, are lost in the exaggerated acting. I deeply regretted not having left at intermission and thus, as someone who sat through all three hours of this torture, would strongly recommend against seeing this play. It is only suitable for those who don't mind observing the slow and painful demise of a once beautiful and timeless Russian classic.
Quotes & Highlights
- "...it was impossible for me not to enjoy moments of Terry Schreiber’s fast-paced and energetic production of The Cherry Orchard...what I found myself watching...was a group of young actors diving headlong into the emotions of the text, proudly throwing themselves up against the walls of Chekhov’s emotional architecture." --Theatre Is Easy
- "I left the theatre as if seeing this classic piece for the first time...Schreiber brilliantly navigates the balance between comedy and tragedy that makes this play, like all of Chekhov's best work, so human and so humane." --nytheatre.com
- "A true test of ability comes in the challenge to perform the work of an iconic playwright well...the respective players at the T. Schreiber Studio can safely hold their costumed heads high as they accomplished this tremendous feat with seeming ease." --Review Fix
Written by Anton Chekhov
A New Adaptation by Carol Rocamora
Directed by Terry Schreiber
Written in 1904, The Cherry Orchard presaged the waning influence of the Russian aristocracy and the social upheaval that reverberated throughout the country a decade later.
Julie Garfield will star as Madame Ranevskaya. During her 40-year career, she has appeared alongside Tony Award-winner George C. Scott and Harvey Keitel in The Death of a Salesman, and been featured in the films Love Story and Goodfellas. Garfield received the Theatre World Award for her performance as Sonya in the Roundabout Theater production of Uncle Vanya. She is the daughter of Academy Award-nominated and Broadway actor John Garfield.
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On January 25, 1999 the T. Schreiber Studio was recognized by the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York for, "Its dedication to making it possible for New Yorkers to enjoy some of the most talented actors, directors and playwrights. For 30 years T. Schreiber Studio's commitment to the theater arts has made it one of the foremost professional theatre studios and helped make New York City the Theatre Capitol of the World."
Terry Schreiber was also congratulated on that date by then Vice President (now Nobel laureate) Al Gore, "I am pleased to have this opportunity to send you my congratulations as you are recognized for 30 years of teaching the craft of acting. You should be proud of this accomplishment. Your dedication, commitment and perseverance in nurturing new talent has served the New York theatre community well."
The T. Schreiber Studio began in 1969 with Terry Schreiber teaching classes twice a week to twelve actors in a converted loft on the Upper East Side of New York City. Enrollment increased and the group began mounting productions in what were the early beginnings of New York City's Off-Off Broadway movement and building its reputation of high quality productions and performances.
The studio continued to grow, adding more faculty, more actors, and more plays and in the mid 70's, drama critic Walter Kerr's glowing review in the New York Times of Schreiber's production of The Trip Back Down, brought the Studio much attention and packed houses. The Trip Back Down then moved to Broadway and John Cullum (Northern Exposure) was signed to do the lead.
Throughout the 1980's and into the 90's the T. Schreiber Studio continued to produce good actors and good theatre, adding Betty Buckley to its prestigious faculty and residing at 83 East Fourth Street, the burgeoning street of Off-Off Broadway. During that time Terry Schreiber continued his own directing career with two more Broadway shows: Devour the Snow and K-2, and numerous regional theatre productions providing more casting opportunities for studio actors.
In 1996 the Studio moved to its current, renovated multi-use space on the 7th floor of 151 West 26th Street in New York's lively Chelsea neighborhood. Classes and productions run continuously throughout the year.