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TWU Drama presents 'The Cherry Orchard'


DENTON — The Texas Woman’s University drama program will present Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard April 17-21. TWU assistant professor of drama Steven Young will direct his adaptation of the play.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17; 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18; 8 p.m. Friday, April 19; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21. All performances will take place in the Redbud Theater Complex, located on the north side of historic Hubbard Hall on TWU’s Denton campus. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets online or for more information, visit or call the TWU Box Office at (940) 898-2020.

Mr. Young developed his adaptation based on the work of other translations as well as in conjunction with a Moscow Art Theatre-trained actress. While Chekov worked on The Cherry Orchard, he wrote to Konstantin Stanislavsky's wife and cautioned her, “Not a drama but a comedy has emerged from me, in places even a farce.” Since that moment, Chekhov’s masterpiece has sparked passionate debate: Is it a comedy or a tragedy? Mr. Young was most interested in making the story accessible to modern audiences and finding the humor the author intended.

The Cherry Orchard cast features graduate students Ariana Cook, Shane Strawbridge, Paul Engle and Heather Alverson and undergraduate students Brittany Fowler, Jessica Shields, Colton Jones, Ryan Davila, Jo’Von Wright, Jonathan Charles, Jacob Drum and Kolby Campbell. Rhonda Gorman, assistant professor of design, serves as set and costume designer, and technical director Michael Stevens provides the lighting design. Graduate student Kristi Smith designed the properties, and undergraduate student Chelsea Reeves designed the sound. Undergraduate students Elizabeth Blake and Shawney Rogers are the stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.

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Karen Garcia
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