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The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov, adapted by Tom Donaghy
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Tom Donaghy's adaptation of Chekhov's beloved and richly bittersweet comedy about a world in transition preserves the economy and humor of the original while highlighting the lyricism and stylistic ambition of the master playwright's final work.

Production Info

Cast: 14 total (6 female, 8 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Single Set
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Tom Donaghy has written a new adaptation of THE CHERRY ORCHARD that feels, at times, like an altogether new play: He propels Ronald Meyer’s translation into modern vernacular … Donaghy does capture the play’s comedy and, paradoxically, its existential despair.” —Jeremy McCarter, New York Magazine

“A swift, modern adaptation by Tom Donaghy … a distinctly comic and American emphasis.” —Adam Feldman, Time Out

“Chekhov famously preferred to think of his plays as comedies. Playwright Tom Donaghy honors that fact with a light-on-its feet adaptation … Mostly, his fluid dialogue manages to lend a pleasing immediacy to the story …” —Gordon Cox, Newsday

About the Author


  • Anton Chekhov

    Widely considered one of the world's greatest writers, Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born on January 29, 1860, in Taganrog, Russia. In 1879 he entered the University of Moscow to study medicine and graduated in 1884. He kept a strict writing schedule and continued to practice medicine for the rest of his life. In addition to his numerous short stories, many considered masterpieces of the form, Chekhov wrote over a dozen plays, among them the classics of Western dramatic literature UNCLE VANYA, THE CHERRY ORCHARD, THE THREE SISTERS, and THE SEAGULL.

  • Tom Donaghy

    Tom Donaghy is the author of the plays EDEN LANE, BOYS AND GIRLS, THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST, MINUTES FROM THE BLUE ROUTE, NORTHEAST LOCAL, and DOWN THE SHORE, among others. His work has been produced by some of the most prestigious theaters in the country, including Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Philadelphia Theater Company, and South Coast Repertory. The plays are archived on video at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center; available in acting editions through Dramatists Play Service; and published by Grove Press in a collection entitled, THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST AND OTHER PLAYS. Mr. Donaghy is the recipient of many honors, including play commissions from The Alliance Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club, South Coast Repertory, and WNYC Radio; as well as fellowship and production support from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, PEN American, and The MacDowell, Millay, Albee, and Berilla Kerr Foundations. As a filmmaker, Mr. Donaghy is represented by the short film The Dadshuttle.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 7/1/2006
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881453072

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by The Atlantic Theater Company

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Cherry Orchard is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC