Krista Apple (center) is lifted by the company during a workshop of The Cherry Orchard. Photo by Johanna Austin
The Cherry Orchard
April 12 – May 1, 2022

INSIDE ‘THE CHERRY ORCHARD’ WORKSHOP

November 24, 2021

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Our upcoming spring production, is a new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, created by our HotHouse Acting Company in collaboration with master Russian director Dmitry Krymov, who was recently named “one of the world’s finest theatermakers” by The New York Times.

For two weeks in November 2021, the cast and crew workshopped this bold new show, trying out ideas and images, while exploring Chekhov’s story and characters.

The Cherry Orchard centers around a Russian family grappling with the potential foreclosure of their estate, and a community in transition as the old makes way for the new. Volleyballs and sunflower seeds fly, while a giant mechanical train station flipboard tells the future … plus more surprises await in Krymov’s inventive re-interpretation.

THOUGHTS AFTER THE WORKSHOP FROM THE LEAD ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JAMES IJAMES

“The production of Cherry Orchard we will be presenting is an utterly unique experience. Without giving to much away (because surprise is one of the production’s ingredients) this production is a fierce examination of class, inheritance and legacy. 

“The characters in this are Chekhov’s characters, however [director] Dmitry Krymov and the Hothouse have taken those characters and made them visceral depictions of our current class struggle. The production reminded me that wealth alone, no matter how grotesque that wealth maybe, is not enough to live a full life. It cannot save you from loss, or sadness, or pain. Deeply loving, and so very fun.

-Lead Artistic Director James Ijames