Tuesday, February 16, 2016
In Context: The Cherry Orchard
The Maly Drama Theatre comes to BAM February 17–27 with Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece The Cherry Orchard. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #TheCherryOrchard.
The Cherry Orchard (PDF)
BAM Blog Questionnaire: The Cherry Orchard's Danila Kozlovksy
“A Life in Theater: Lev Dodin” (The Guardian)
For Dodin, “theatre became a little corner of freedom” amid an anxious wartime existence.
The Maly's Cherry (BAM blog)
It was a farewell to the old order, written while its author battled tuberculosis. But Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, he insisted, was every bit a comedy.
BAM Blog Questionnaire: The Cherry Orchard's Danila Kozlovsky (BAM blog)
Lopakhin himself dishes on the company’s rehearsal process and how theater is a lot like professional sports.
Maly Drama Theatre
Founded in Leningrad in 1944, the Russian theater is now revered the world over.
Anton Chekhov and Modernity (Yale.edu)
Chekhov must be understood amid the “rise of the bourgeoisie, the decline of the aristocracy, and the imminence of revolution.”
“Why We Love Chekhov” (NPR)
"Never difficult but often demanding ... sometimes dour, but rarely hopeless."
Watch & Listen
On Lev Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre (YouTube)
Dodin reflects on the musicality of theater and more in this panoramic documentary.
Now your turn...
What did you think? What was special about Maly Drama Theatre’s approach to the play? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #TheCherryOrchard.