"Cherry Orchard" staged at YSU theater

Staff report


Youngstown State University Theater will present Anton Chekhov’s comedy-drama “Cherry Orchard” for a two-weekend run beginning Thursday.

The play takes place on the grounds of Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya’s estate, somewhere in the provinces of Russia.

“Cherry Orchard” is universally acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of world theater. The show is directed by faculty member Matthew Mazuroski.

It begins with Lopakhin, a sometime peasant who has become a wealthy businessman, and Dunyasha, the maid, who are waiting for Lyubov, who has been away a long time.

When Lyubov arrives with her daughter, Anya, she is welcomed by her brother, Gayev, and other family, friends, staff and neighbors. Lyubov and Gayev recall happy times from their childhoods on the estate.

But unless the family can raise enough money to save it, the estate will have to be sold to clear Lyubov’s debts.

They concoct several plans, one of which entails cutting down their famous cherry orchard. But no plan is settled upon.

As August approaches, when the estate must be auctioned off to meet the mortgage debt, what unfolds is a comedy-drama of bittersweet beauty.

The cast of YSU’s production includes Rebecca Anderson, Cortland; Connor Bezeredi, Salem; Tony Genovese, Youngstown; Josh Green, Youngstown; Patrick Hobby, Poland; Carly Magnuson, Canfield; Cheney Morgan, Boardman; Alex Samuels, Worthington; Jessica Schmidt, Salem; Eric Shonk, Canal Winchester; Kelly Sullivan, Youngstown; Mark Warchol, Poland; and Ashley Whited, Struthers.

Special group rates are available for high school English classes.

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