Elizabeth is excited to announce the latest release from The Online Stage: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, now available at Audible. Elizabeth performs the role of Lyubov Andreyevna in this classic drama, a formerly wealthy landowner trying to come to terms with her tragic past. This is the first in a series of Chekhov plays to be produced by The Online Stage, and will be followed by Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Seagull.
The Cherry Orchard is Chekhov’s final play, first performed in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre and directed by Konstantin Stanislavski. It takes place on the Ranevsky family’s country estate, which boasts a large cherry orchard that is in bloom as the play opens. The family is gathering at the estate for a reunion but also to decide how to handle their debts, which have reached a crisis point. The impractical Lyubov and her brother, Gaev, hope for a miracle to pay their mortgage while the successful merchant Lopakhin advises them to cut down the orchard and sell the land. The destinies of the family members mirror the fate of Russia itself as it transitions away from a landed aristocracy toward an uncertain future.