[CHATHAM, NY] – PS21 and Walking the dog Theater (WTD) present Anton Chekhov’s triumphant final play, “The Cherry Orchard,” Thursdays through Sundays, July 5-22. This classic, often farcical Russian comedy/drama will be directed by David Anderson, with original musical score by Jonathan Talbot. All twelve performances begin at 8:00pm under The Tent at PS21, 2980 Route 66 in the Town of Chatham, New York.
Filled with eccentric characters, romance and mystery, “The Cherry Orchard” is both inspirational and insightful. “Chekhov reveals his characters in all their flaws and strengths. He allows us to see all of our human possibilities as unique and universal, beautiful and laughable,” explained Director David Anderson. “In every moment there is a perspective in which we can see it as profound and a perspective in which we can see it as absurd. And always, he places it all in the context of a greater whole, within a larger story that our little story is a part of.”
While Chekhov intended this play as a comedy, others insist it’s a tragedy. Since its initial production in 1904, directors have contended with its dual nature. “The characters are tragic and sometimes pathetic and yet, at the same time, they are funny and surprising,” said Anderson. “Each character is on their own journey and trajectory, and each is on the threshold of some major change in their lives.”