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Actors embrace in the Cherry Orchard.

Cherry Orchard

Photo credit: Chris Ocken




Season 21

Feb 21, 2009–Mar 28, 2009

An aristocratic family returns to Russia to keep their estate from being auctioned off to pay the delinquent mortgage. If they could only make themselves do something … something other than allowing hidden passions to break through their upperclass manners in unfortunate and hilarious ways.

With a depth of visual focus that only our unique space can offer, and subtle, naturalist acting that has to be seen up close, Strawdog will show you once again why Chekhov is considered a master. It’s not because people used to like boring things.

“… Kimberly Senior’s quietly staged, achingly acted production is full of modest but considerable rewards and, yes, feels totally in sync with the moment.”

— Time Out Chicago

Kimberly Senior’s stripped-down staging of Anton Chekhov’s last play, about a fading upper-class family losing their beloved estate to foreclosure, feels nearly perfect for our age of scarcity and anxiety. The entire ensemble fully inhabits the tale’s aura of hapless good intent trumped by harsh reality, and Jennifer Avery is heartbreaking as the endearing yet maddeningly indecisive Lovey, whose distractedness barely covers up her incipient hysteria.”

— Chicago Reader


Jennifer Avery

as Lovey

Jeff Bruce

as Firs

Rebecca Buller

as Anya

Corey Clifford

Ryan Patrick Dolan

Amy Dunlap

as Charlotta

Rob Fagin

as Trofimov

Tom Hickey

as Gaev

Shannon Hoag.

Shannon Hoag*

as Dunyasha

James Joseph

as Yepihodov

Michaela Petro.

Michaela Petro*

as Varya

John Henry Roberts.

John Henry Roberts*

as Yasha

Sean Sinitski

as Pischick

Jamie Vann.

Jamie Vann*

as Lopakin

Creative Team

Anton Chekhov

Curt Columbus

Kimberly Senior

Cody Estle
Assistant Director

Tiffany Smith
Assistant Director

Anders Jacobson
Set Design

Sean T. Mallary
Light Design

Jordan Kardasz*
Ass't Light Design

Aly Renee Amidei*
Costume Design

Mikhail Fiksel
Sound Design

Mike Mroch

Erin Carlson
Stage Manager

* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member