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The Cherry Orchard

by Anton Chekhov

directed by Emilie Whelan

November 29 - December 5, 2015

The Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre

About the Play

The Cherry Orchard concerns an aristocratic Russian woman and her family as they return to their family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. While presented with options to save the estate, the family essentially does nothing and the play ends with the sale of the estate to the son of a former serf; the family leaves to the sound of the cherry orchard being cut down. The story presents themes of cultural futility – both the futile attempts of the aristocracy to maintain its status and of the bourgeoisie to find meaning in its newfound materialism. In reflecting the socio-economic forces at work in Russia at the turn of the 20th century, including the rise of the middle class after the abolition of serfdom in the mid-19th century and the sinking of the aristocracy, the play reflects forces at work around the globe in that period. (wikipedia.com)

About the Playwright
Anton Chekhov was a Russian physician, playwright and author who is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress." Along with Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg, Chekhov is often referred to as one of the three seminal figures in the birth of early modernism in the theater. (wikipedia.com)
About the Director

Emilie Whelan is an MFA candidate in UC San Diego Directing program. She graduated from TSOA, NYU working in the Stella Adler Conservatory, Amsterdam International Program, and Experimental Theater Wing. Upon graduation, Emilie moved to New Orleans to establish social-political theater company Cripple Creek Theater Company and has performed in and directed over twenty of their community-organizing performances since 2006 including The Lily’s Revenge, Clybourne Park, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, Balm in Gilead, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Enemy of the People, Waiting for Lefty, and Alfred Jarry’s entire Ubu Roi trilogy performed over the course of three Mardi Gras seasons. All productions were mounted in response to civic dialogue in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans music collaborations include Aurora Nealand, Ratty Scurvics and Valparaiso Men's Chorus. In 2010, Emilie became the Performance Coordinator of the New Orleans Fringe Festival, presenting an international carnival-centric festival of over 70 performances each year, and she became the Performance Curator of the Adult Petting Zoo. She is co-founder of The DISTILLERY - a creative residency for performing artists at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans. She has trained with ensembles Hand2Mouth, TEETH, and Pig Iron, is a current member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and is an alumni of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab. She is also a former 3rd grade classroom teacher.

Director's Statement

Why do we maintain memories when they have nothing in common with the present? And what is that awful feeling inside our heads when the lights come up at the end of an all night party we'll never forget? In Chekhov's final play The Cherry Orchard, written only months before his impending death at 44 years old, an estate and its memory stands vulnerable to progress. Heartsick love slings like mud, the drink pours strong, and music hides everywhere as the party just. keeps. trying. to. storm.

The Cast

Madame Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya - Caroline Siewert
Peter Trofimov - Keith Wallace
Boris Borisovich Simeonov-Pishchik - Gabriel Cruz
Anya - N'Jameh Camara
Varya - Mary Glen Fredrick
Leonid Andreieveitch Gaev - Martin Meccouri
Yermolai Alexeievitch Lopakhin - Terrance White
Charlotta Ivanovna - Zakiya Markland
Yepikhodov - Sean McIntyre
Dunyasha - Zora Howard
Firs - Theodore Shank
Yasha - Josiah Glesener
A Stranger - Erin Tracy
Musicians - Kyle Adam Blair (piano), Fiona Digney (percussion)
Dancers - Issa Hourani, Claudia Varela
The Creative Team

Director - Emilie Whelan
Scenic Designer - Justin Humphres
Costume Designer -Dominique Hill
Lighting Designer - Alex Miller-Long
Sound Designer - Andrew Vargas
Projections Designer - Melissa Ng
Choreographer - Erin Tracy
Musical Director - Kyle Adam Blair
Vocal Coach - Ursula Meyer
Production Stage Manager - Mandy Nussbaum
Asst. Director/Dramaturg - Jon Reimer
Asst. Scenic Designer - Anna Robinson
Asst. Costume Designer - Annie Le
Asst. Lighting Designer - Joel Britt
Asst. Projections Designer - Samantha Rojales
Asst. Choreographer - Claudia Varela
Asst. Stage Managers - Mandisa Reed, Hsiui Lu
Production Assistant - Bryan Clements

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: The Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.





Nov. 29

Dec. 1

Dec. 3

Dec. 4

Dec. 5
7:00pm     PREVIEW

7:00pm     PREVIEW

7:30pm     OPENING


7:30pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

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