Actors from the Moscow Art Theater perform lines from "The Cherry Orchard" by Anton Chekov. Konstantin Stanislavski and Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko founded the theater in 1898. In honor of its centennial celebration, Yuri Zavadski directed scenes of the play with members from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Theater Arts.
Madame Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya and Leonid Andreyevich Gaev wasted their money and Yermolai Alexeyevich Lopakhin purchases their cherry orchard, hoping to renovate it into cottages. Zavadski spent five hours exploring the 12 words of the opening lines. Watch excerpts from the play.
Zavadski wants to make actors more creative by introducing them to Checkov's world. Listen to excerpts of the play. The inner rhythm of the play is the concept of time passing.
Credits: Chekhov and the Moscow Art Theater
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This video presents a brief history of the Moscow Art Theater with photographs and scenes from The Cherry Orchard, directed by Yuri Zavadski.
Length: 14 minutes
Copyright date: ©1982
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