New Releases. Description This powerful version of Chekhov's famous drama of disillusionment, The Cherry Orchard, is set in rural South Africa on a farm producing cherry trees immediately after the restoration of democracy to South Africa in Product details Format Paperback 96 pages Dimensions x Other books in this series.
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The Cherry Orchard has long remained a staple of American theatre; many adaptations having been attempted modernize it. The present day The Cherry Orchard adaptation would rest on political unrest, concentrating on the continual line of division between characters with opposing politics.
The focus could be immigration, a divisive present day issue. The President of the United States, part of high affluent society, would be a leading character, analogous to the role of Yermolay Lopakhin.
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Lyuba Ranevsky would be a strong leading character, an educated woman, who houses immigrants in the cherry orchard. Leonid Gayev would be the comical jokester, flamboyant and extremely fashionable, adding light heartedness to a heavy script. Students Anya and Trofimov, an immigrant, would be lovers with Trofimov secretly hiding how close they have become. Trofimov may be deported to his country, facing grave danger. Anaya, young and naive, would not believe this deportation could occur.
Firs, the oldest resident in the orchard, remains an integral character. He reveals why he has been aiding Lyuba all these years. He was an immigrant and was in love with Lubya who hid the secret of his immigration status.