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Chekhovís The Cherry Orchard in the Lower Depths Theater through March 18

Loyola announcement - February 25, 2005

Chekhovís The Cherry Orchard opens at Loyola University New Orleans

(New Orleans)- A fresh and innovative look at a longtime favorite play will be the second spring production of the Loyola Department of Drama and Speech. The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov will run in the Lower Depths Theater on March 11-18. It will be directed by Steven Young, who also adapted the script.

The Cherry Orchard takes place in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Madame Ranevskaya, in danger of losing her ancestral home, does the only thing anyone else would-she throws a party, complete with riotous guests, a band, poets, vodka, and broken pool cues. The Cherry Orchard is a story of love lost, love won, heartbreak, laughter and the end of an era-an era that goes out with a bang.

Steven Young has a long association with the works of Chekhov and The Cherry Orchard in particular. He has acted in two productions of the play, and has also adapted and directed the text at North Park University while working with Russian students and scholars. The adaptation was highly regarded for its simplicity and economy of language.

The Cherry Orchard will run in Lower Depths Theater, Calhoun at St. Charles Ave., on March 11, 12, 16, 17 and 18 at 8pm, and March 13 at 2pm. Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. For more information, call 865-3824.