Michael Shahrestani to direct Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard
Iran Theater-Mikael Shahrashtani plans to stage the play The Cherry Orchard written by Anton Chekhov in the Iranshahr Theater Complex.
Mikael Shahrashtani, a theater director and teacher who has been worked with his students for a long time, has considered to bring on stage "The Cherry Orchard" by Chekhov as his latest performance project.
In an interview, he announced that he will perform this show from the end of April in Dr. Nazarzadeh Hall of Iranshahr Theater Complex.
The play "Cherry Orchard" is one of Chekhov's most famous works, which has been directed by various artists and many well-known theater actors have played the characters of the play.
The play revolves around an aristocratic Russian landowner who returns to her family estate (which includes a large and well-known cherry orchard) just before it is auctioned to pay the mortgage. Unresponsive to offers to save the estate, she allows its sale 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 new-found materialism. It dramatizes the socioeconomic forces 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 decline of the power of the aristocracy.
The Cherry Orchard is the last play by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov that was written in 1903. It opened at the Moscow Art Theatre on 17 January 1904 in a production directed by Konstantin Stanislavski. Chekhov described the play as a comedy, with some elements of farce, though Stanislavski treated it as a tragedy. Since its first production, directors have contended with its dual nature. It is often identified as one of the three or four outstanding plays by Chekhov, along with The Seagull, Three Sisters, and Uncle Vanya.
Shahrastani previously directed "August in Osage County" with his young students at the Mehregan Theater during pandemic.