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The Cherry Orchard (The Chekhov Project)


South Pasadena Theatre Workshop is thrilled to offer performances of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard coming summer 2023. Join us for this historical moment in South Pasadena Theatre Workshop's journey as we explore the work that inspired us, laugh at the battles that consume us and celebrate, together, all that makes us grateful for each other.

Madame Ranevskaya returns to her beloved estate for sanctuary after years of feeling adrift. Though nurtured by friends and family and soothed by the enchantment of The Cherry Orchard, her respite is challenged by ensuing conflict as she and her brother struggle with the opposing dynamics in their midst: Their former serf is now a rich man; the young tutor an outspoken revolutionary, and their former life is no more. Directors Sam Cass and Kila Packett direct the ensemble cast in Chekhov’s last play exploring pathos, humor, and survival.

Directed by

Sam Cass


Anthony Adu*

Michaela Ivey

Sally Smythe*

Hossein Mardani*

Roshni Shukla*

Lawrence Novikoff*

Kevin Michael Moran*

Ben Michaels

Lauren Vogel

Nick Apostolina*

Christina Conte*

Robert Cesario*

Production Team

Set Designer: Clay Wilcox*

Costume Designer: Sally Smythe

Light Designer: Leigh Allen

Sound Designer: Nick Foran

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, South Pasadena Theatre Workshop, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.




In the Press

"The Cherry Orchard" by The SouthPasadenan

"The entire ensemble is solid as can be and the time spent at the cherry orchard is indeed entertaining and moving, but the play belongs to Smythe, who evokes Lyubov’s grief with every inch of her body and expression on her face." - Alisa Hayashida, South Pasadenan

"Blending absurdist humor, a touch of melancholy, and an eccentric cast of characters, this play explores first drafts, failures, artistic pursuits, and our human desire to live an exceptional life." - Stephi Wild, Broadway World


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