The Department of Drama and Dance presents Chekhov’s play The Cherry Orchard, adapted for American audiences by Tom Stoppard and directed by Hofstra Professor Emeritus of Drama Peter Sander. Performances take place at the Schaeffer Black Box Theater November 4 through 13.
The Cherry Orchard follows the arrival of the Ranevsky family to their estate and their ultimate departure – along with the world of privilege in which they lived. Presented by the Moscow Art Theater at the end of 1903, The Cherry Orchard was Chekhov’s last play before he died the following year of tuberculosis. According to Professor Sander, “Many consider this play to be his masterpiece: both for Chekhov’s acute diagnosis of the state of the Russian upper classes and his perceptive prognosis for their future.
“The meaning and implications of this play always seem to depend on the perspective and background of its interpreter. Chekhov himself insisted it was a comedy. Constantin Stanislavsky, its first director and portrayer of ‘Gaev’ insisted it was a tragedy.”
Show times are Friday, November 4 and 11, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, November 5 and 12, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, November 6 and 13, at 2 p.m.; and Thursday, November 10, at 8 p.m. The Schaeffer Black Box Theater is located at the New Academic Building on Hofstra’s South Campus.
Members of the Hofstra community receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. Tickets are $10; $8 senior citizen (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra student with ID. For tickets call the Hofstra Box Office at (516) 463-6644 or visit www.HofstraTickets.com.