New York’s summer season just got a bit more interesting with the announcement this morning that Oscar/Tony/Emmy winner Ellen Burstyn will headline a new staging of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard for 10 free performances at The Actors Studio in Manhattan on Thurdays through Mondays between July 10-21. John Gould Rubin, former co-a.d. with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz of LAByrinth Theater, directs. The Jean-Claude van Itallie adaptation will require reservations made through firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s been 11 years since the last public presentation at The Actors Studio, a critically acclaimed staging of Oscar Wilde’s Salome starring Al Pacino, David Straitharn, and Marisa Tomei.
“When The Cherry Orchard was first performed at the Moscow Art Theater, the director Stanislavsky called it a ‘great tragedy,’ ” Burstyn, co-President and Artistic Director of The Actors Studio, said. “Chekhov insisted it was a ‘comedy.’ The Actors Studio finds it is both. We look forward to sharing our vision of this great classic work with the supporters of The Actors Studio.”
The company for the show will include studio members Robert Adrian, Patrik Baldauff, Lash Dooley, Gabriel Furman, Gabriel Fazio, Beau Gravitte, Timothy Doyle, Sam Hamill, Conn Horgan, Joe Maruzzo, Mihaela Mihut, Sarah Anne Miles, Evgeniya Radilova, and Dena Tyler.
The design team for The Cherry Orchard includes scenic and costume design by Andreea Mincic, lighting by Isabella Byrd, sound by Iggy Hung, choreography by Katherine Crockett, and musical compositions by Andrea Fratto. Additional company members include production manager Libby Jensen, production stage manager Catherine Beckett, stage managers Emily Ballou & Katy Moore, prop manager Liana Jackson, and technical interns Anita Clay, James Lentini, and Paul Lehrman.