ArtsEmerson's From Stage to Screen series brings the best live performances from around the world to Boston. This production of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard comes to the Emerson/Paramount Center Bright Family Screening Room straight from Moscow. This classic tale of cultural futility, starring Russian stage and screen legend Renata Litvinova, is more relevant today than it was 100 years ago. Adolf Shapiro's interpretation asks the question: Where would the characters of this play live today, years after their cherry orchard has been cut down? The answer, which lies in the material world created by set designer David Borovsky, is, of course, on the stage. Boston audiences will be provided with English subtitles for the Russian-language production.
The production is presented in Russian, with English subtitles.
Running time is approximately 3 hours, with an intermission.
Immediately following the Sunday, January 22 screening, leading Russian theater writer, scholar and critic Anatoly Smeliansky will moderate a conversation with The Cherry Orchard director Adolph Shapiro, who for more than half a century has staged highly acclaimed productions across three continents. His telling of The Cherry Orchard is the longest-running production of that play, receiving sold-out performances at the Moscow Art Theater for more than ten years. Currently Co-Head of Dramaturgy at A.R.T. Institute, Anatoly Smeliansky is a leading Russian theater writer, scholar, and critic. He joined the Moscow Art Theater (MXAT) in 1980 as Literary Director and was appointed Associate Artistic Director in 1996.