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Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" to Open Rowan's Theatre Season

Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" to Open Rowan's Theatre Season

(GLASSBORO, NJ) -- Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, one of the great plays of the modern era by one of history's greatest playwrights, opens the “Home” season presented by the Department of Theatre & Dance at Rowan University. Performances are from October 19 - 22 in Tohill Theatre on the university’s Glassboro campus.

The Cherry Orchard, in a translation by Paul Schmidt, begins a thematic season of four mainstage productions designed to take audiences beyond their own “homes” in order to become curious about those they don't know and experience life in another person’s home, neighborhood, or environment so as to bring about understanding and empathy.

Chekhov’s masterpiece captures a people, a family, a community - and a world - in transition. Madame Lyubov Ranevskaya and her family return to their ancestral estate and its orchard to forestall foreclosure. Amid this gathering, the story presents a picture of humanity in all its glorious folly, set during one of Russia’s greatest periods of social transformation.

“What’s really brilliant about Chekhov is that he knows we live in two different worlds at the same time,” states director and faculty member Lane Savadove as he considers the diverse sides of Chekhov’s characters and their circumstances. The director notes that the story is informed by the idea that there is always something unknown or unseen rumbling beneath the surface of each person’s everyday lives.

The play was written 114 years ago, but feels relevant to the contemporary world according Savadove. Intertwined with this family drama is an exploration of a disintegrating class system and the challenges faced by the working class, the nouveau riche, and the privileged class alike.

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“He’s talking about why it’s so difficult for the one percent to give up wealth,” Savadove adds.

Venturing beyond the traditional, Savadove sets this production amid a dark woods and creates an environment reflecting a fairy tale or a child’s dream. The atmosphere is created through an original score by noted Philadelphia composer and musician Jay Ansill, performed live by a vocal and instrumental ensemble that creates an aural soundscape for the production.

Savadove and Ansill are joined in creating this world by Dawn Bazemore (movement), Dominick Corsoe (props), Natalie De la Torre (costumes), Dirk Durosette (sets), and Robert Thorpe (lighting), as well as a cast of student actors from across the state of New Jersey and beyond.

Performances are October 19, 20 & 21, 2017 at 8:00pm and October 22, 2017 at 2:00pm.  Purchase tickets online at For more information, call the box office at (856) 256-4545, or email Tickets are $15 (general) and $10 (seniors/non-Rowan students/alumni/military). Rowan students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid ID, based on availability.

Tohill Theatre is located in Bunce Hall on the campus of Rowan University, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ.

PHOTO: From left to right, cast members Maggie O'Connor, Zachary Valdez, Ellorah Mead, Madison Roberts. Photo by David Cimetta

originally published: 2017-09-28 00:00:00

Upcoming Events

The Arts Council of Princeton and Chimera Productions present The Other Place

The Arts Council of Princeton and Chimera Productions present The Other Place

(PRINCETON, NJ) -- Chimera Productions presents its 13th production, The Other Place by Sharr White, in Princeton, New Jersey on July 19, 20 and 21, 2018, in conjunction with The Arts Council of Princeton. The play, presented in the intimate 60-seat theater inside Princeton’s Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, is a fast-paced, witty, powerhouse of a drama about a scientist on the brink of a revolutionary discover, who’s also contemplating divorce and trying to revive her relationship with her estranged daughter.

Tri-State Actors Theater Presents A Reading of "To Trample The Dragon"

Tri-State Actors Theater Presents A Reading of "To Trample The Dragon"

(DOVER, NJ) -- Tri-State Actors Theater will present two readings of To Trample The Dragon, a new work by by Peter Mitsopoulos. The readings will take place June 28-29 at 8:00pm in the Dover Little Theatre.  This is a play that touches the loss we have all known, and the love that helps us survive.  Admission is by donation.

Two River Theater Presents Professional Development for Teachers: Examining the Work of T. Thomas Fortune and August Wilson

Two River Theater Presents Professional Development for Teachers: Examining the Work of T. Thomas Fortune and August Wilson

(RED BANK, NJ) -- Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has announced a special one-day professional development program for educators on Tuesday, July 17 from 9:30am-4:30pm. “Examining the Work of T. Thomas Fortune and August Wilson” is being presented as a collaboration between Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune Foundation and Two River Theater, in compliance with the New Jersey Amistad Commission. The program will focus on the work of T. Thomas Fortune (writer, journalist, social justice crusader, and editor of the New York Age Newspaper) and the theatrical work of playwright and poet August Wilson (August Wilson’s American Century Cycle).

Thinkery & Verse Presents Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

Thinkery & Verse Presents Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"

(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- Thinkery & Verse presents William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing from June 14 through July 7th at Assembly Hall at St John the Evangelist in New Brunswick. In the play, Benedict and Beatrice, Shakespeare’s whip-smart and quarrelsome lovers, must choose sides when their friends against each other over a young woman’s perceived infidelity. They are presenting this classic play with a modern edge in a historic building. Following this run, the play will then tour throughout the tri-state region.

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BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

HARRY CONNICK, JR. @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


AUDITIONS: Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 7:30pm


MIKE FINOIA, KEVIN FLYNN, KYLE GROOMS @ The Music Box @ Borgata Casino Hotel, Atlantic City - 9:00pm


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