The Cherry Orchard - Reading More Drama ANTON CHEKHOV(1860 1904 The Cherry Orchard1 The son of a grocer and the grandson of an emancipated serf Anton

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1616 -1— 0— +1— Reading More Drama ANTON CHEKHOV (1860–1904) The Cherry Orchard 1 The son of a grocer and the grandson of an emanci- pated serf, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the Russian town of Taganrog. In 1875, his father, facing bankruptcy and imprisonment, fl ed to Moscow; shortly thereafter, the rest of the family lost their house to a former friend and lodger, a misfortune that Chek- hov would revisit in The Cherry Orchard. In 1884, Chekhov received his MD from the University of Moscow; in the early 1890s, he purchased an estate near Moscow and became both an industrious landowner and a doctor to the local peasants. Throughout the 1880s, he supported his family and fi nanced his medical studies by writing the sketches and stories that would eventually win him enduring international acclaim. Chekhov began writing for the stage in 1887. Early productions of his plays were poorly received: The Wood Demon (later rewritten as Uncle Vanya ) was performed only a few times in 1889 before closing; the 1896 premiere of The Seagull turned into a riot when an audience expecting comedy found themselves watching an experimental tragedy. Konstantin Stanislavsky, director at the Moscow Art Theater, helped restore Chekhov’s reputation with successful productions of The Seagull and Uncle Vanya in 1899, The Three Sisters in 1901, and The Cherry Orchard in 1904. CHAR AC TERS IN THE PL AY madame ranevsky ( lyubov andreyevna ) , the own er of the Cherry Orchard anya , her daughter, aged 17 varya , her adopted daughter, aged 24 semyonov - pishtchik , a landowner charlotta ivanovna , a governess epihodov ( semyon pantaleyevitch ) , a clerk dunyasha , a maid firs , an old valet, aged 87 gaev ( leonid andreyevitch ) , brother of Madame Ranevsky lopahin ( yermolay alexeyevitch ) , a merchant trofimov ( pyotr sergeyevitch ) , a student yasha , a young valet a wayfarer the station master a post - office clerk visitors , servants The action takes place on the estate of madame ranevsky . 1. Translated by Constance Garnett.
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—-1 —0 —+1 ANTON CHEKHOV The Cherry Orchard , Act I 1617 ACT I A room, which has always been called the nursery. One of the doors leads into anya ’s room. Dawn, sun rises during the scene. May, the cherry trees in fl ower, but it is cold in the garden with the frost of early morning. Windows closed. Enter dunyasha with a candle and lopahin with a book in his hand . lopahin : The train’s in, thank God. What time is it? dunyasha : Nearly two o’clock. [ Puts out the candle. ] It’s daylight already. lopahin : The train’s late! Two hours, at least. [ Yawns and stretches. ] I’m a pretty one; what a fool I’ve been. Came here on purpose to meet them at the station and dropped asleep. . . . Dozed off as I sat in the chair. It’s annoying. . . . You might have waked me. dunyasha : I thought you had gone. [ Listens. ] There, I do believe they’re coming!
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