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CSC's THE CHERRY ORCHARD With John Turturro and Dianne Wiest Extends





Classic Stage Company’s new production of Anton Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece THE CHERRY ORCHARD, featuring John Turturro (Lopakhin), Dianne Wiest (Ranevskaya), Ken Cheeseman (Pischick), Daniel Davis (Gaev), Alvin Epstein (Fiers), Josh Hamilton (Trofimov), Slate Holmgren (Yasha), Roberta Maxwell (Charlotta), Juliet Rylance (Varya), Michael Urie (Yepikhodov), Elisabeth Waterston (Dunyasha) and Katherine Waterston (Anya), has extended its upcoming engagement through Friday, December 30.  Previews begin Wednesday, November 16 at CSC (136 East 13th Street).  THE CHERRY ORCHARD is directed by Andrei Belgrader, with a translation by John Christopher Jones.  The official press opening is scheduled for Sunday, December 4 at 7pm.

{module ad_left_body}First presented in 1904 at the Moscow Art Theatre, THE CHERRY ORCHARD was Chekhov’s final play, and with this new production CSC completes its acclaimed Chekhov Cycle, which has included The Seagull (with Wiest and Alan Cumming), Uncle Vanya (with Denis O’Hare, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard), and Three Sisters (with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard). The latter two productions were directed by Austin Pendleton. With its Chekhov Cycle, CSC mounted these four masterpieces over the past five years, and gathered a dedicated constellation of actors, designers and directors, many of whom continued to return to work together on these remarkable plays.

The creative team for THE CHERRY ORCHARD will include scenic design by three-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto, costume design by Marco Piemontese, lighting design by James F. Ingalls, hair design by Paul Huntley and original music by Christian Frederickson and Ryan Rumery.

THE CHERRY ORCHARD will perform Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm; Saturdays & Sundays at 3pm. The final week of performances (December 26 – December 30) will play the following schedule: Monday and Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 3pm and 8pm, Thursday-Friday at 8pm.  Tickets are $70-$75. For tickets and information, visit or call (866) 811-4111, or (212) 352-3101, or visit the CSC box office at 136 East 13th Street, Monday through Friday 12 pm to 6pm.  

Now in its 45th year Classic Stage Company is the award winning theatre committed to re-imagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience. This season in addition to The Cherry Orchard, CSC will present Brecht's Galileo with Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Tony Award-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth as Titania.  Past seasons have included critically acclaimed productions of Chekhov's Three Sisters with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Hecht, Juliet Rylance and Peter Sarsgaard, directed by Austin Pendleton (Obie Award); David Ives’ The School for Lies with Hamish Linklater (Obie Award), directed by Walter Bobbie; Unnatural Acts, conceived and directed by Tony Speciale; Ostrovsky's The Forest with Dianne Wiest and John Douglas Thompson, directed by Brian Kulick; David Ives’ Venus In Fur with Nina Arianda and Wes Bentley, directed by Walter Bobbie; Shakespeare's The Tempest with Mandy Patinkin, directed by Brian Kulick;  Chekhov's Uncle Vanya with Denis O'Hare, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, directed by Austin Pendleton; Anne Carson's An Oresteia (International PENN Award for Poetry); Chekhov's The Seagull with Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming;  David Ives’ New Jerusalem with Richard Easton, directed by Walter Bobbie;  Hamlet, Richard II, Richard III with Michael Cumpsty (Obie Award as Hamlet), directed by Brian Kulick; and Yasmina Reza's A Spanish Play with Zoe Caldwell, directed by John Turturro.

CSC presents plays from the past that speak directly to the issues of today. As we return to works of the past, we endeavor to keep a clear eye on the future, particularly in terms of the next generation of artists and audiences.  Founded in 1967, CSC has received wide recognition for its significant contributions to theatre as an art form through productions of classic plays, translations and adaptations and a long-standing commitment to the identification and nurturing of leading and emerging artists. Classic Stage's artists are the finest established and emerging theater practitioners working in this country. Highly respected and widely regarded as a major force in New York and American theatre, Classic Stage has been cited repeatedly by all the major Off-Broadway theater awards: Obies, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League and the 1999 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.  Memberships to Classic Stage Company productions are available at various price levels, including the flexible MasterPass membership, which in addition to prime seats entitles members to participate in CSC special series, including their sold-out Open Rehearsal events.   For more information on Classic Stage Company visit the theatre’s website at 

For further information on Classic Stage Company, call (212) 352-3101, visit the theatre in person at 136 East 13th Street, or go to


JOHN TURTURRO (LOPAKHIN) has performed at CSC in Waiting for Godot and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and has directed Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play for the company. Other stage credits include Life x 3Italian-American Reconciliation, La Puta Vida, The Bald Soprano, Troilus and Cressida, Steel on Steel and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (OBIE and Theatre World Award). Film credits include Five Corners, Do The Right Thing, Miller's Crossing, Jungle Fever, Barton Fink (Best Actor 1991 Cannes Film Festival, David diDonatello Award), Quiz Show (Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination), Grace of My Heart, Mac (co-writer and director - Camera d'Or at the 1992 Cannes film festival), The Truce, The Big Lebowski, Box of Moonlight, The Cradle Will Rock, Illuminata (co-writer, director and producer), Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Luzhin Defence, Monday Night Mayhem (SAG Award nomination), Mr. Deeds, and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.Transformers 3 and Cars 2.  He is currently directing Relatively Speaking on Broadway.

DIANNE WIEST (RANEVSKAYA) was most recently seen at Classic Stage Company in The Forest and The Seagull. Broadway: Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.  Other New York theatre appearances include Wendy Wasserstein’s Third, Memory House by Kathleen Tolan, Salome, Oedipus, The Shawl, Hunting Cockroaches, After the Fall, Beyond Therapy and The Art of Dining.  Film credits include The Purple Rose of Cairo, Hannah and her Sisters (Oscar), Radio Days, September and Bullets Over Broadway (Oscar), all by Woody Allen.  She also appeared in Parenthood (Oscar Nomination), Edward Scissorhands and The Birdcage.  She was last seen on screen in Charlie Kaufman’s movie Synecdoche, New York and the HBO series In Treatment (Emmy).

KEN CHEESEMAN (PISCHICK) has appeared at CSC in Amphitryon and Scapin.  For the American Repertory Theatre he has performed in Othello, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Three Farces and a Funeral and Merchant of Venice.  He has also performed at such regional theaters as Trinity Rep, the Long Wharf and Baltimore Center Stage.  

DANIEL DAVIS (GAEV). Stage credits include the Jerry Zaks directed revival of La Cage Aux Folles, Wrong Mountain, The Frogs, Amadeus and Coco (with Katherine Hepburn).    He received an Obie Award for his performance in Talking Heads off-Broadway.  His extensive television work includes The Miraculous Year, Frasier, LA Law, The Practice and as a series regular on The Nanny.

ALVIN EPSTEIN (FIERS) former artistic director of the Guthrie Theater and associate director of Yale Repertory Theater, has performed leading roles in over a hundred plays, including works by Peter Weiss, Pirandello, Shakespeare, Anouilh, Shaw, Orton, Chekhov, Brecht, Moliere, Shaw, and the ancient Greeks. A specialist in the works of Beckett, he created Clov in the American premiere of Endgame and then returned to the play as Ham at the Irish Repertory Theater in New York, followed by a new production at the Brooklyn Academy opposite John Turturro and Elaine Stritch. On Broadway, Mr. Epstein performed with Marcel Marceau and Company, and played The Fool to Orson Welles' King Lear, Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, and in A Kurt Weill Celebration, in which he later toured North and South America. Among his off-Broadway credits are Hamlet for Theater for a New Audience, Tuesdays With Morrie, The Madwoman of Chaillot, King Lear (title role), Dynamite Tonight (for which he won an Obie Award), and Howard Katz  opposite Alfred Molina at the Roundabout Theater.  Mr. Epstein has also been seen in many feature films and television dramas, has directed countless plays around the country, and has taught at the American Repertory Theater Institute in Cambridge. Among his numerous awards have been the Brandeis Creative Arts Award, the Elliott Norton Award for Sustained Excellence. and the Jason Robards Award for Dedication to the Theater.

JOSH HAMILTON (TROFIMOV). CSC:  Three Sisters.  Broadway: The Coast of Utopia, Proof, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Off-Broadway: Hurlyburly (Drama Desk, Lortel nominations), Gone Home, Things We Want (New Group), The Waverly Gallery (Promenade), This Is Our Youth (New Group), suburbia (LCT), The Cider House Rules (Atlantic), As Bees in Honey Drown, Music From a Sparkling Planet, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Downtown Plays, Evolution, Sons and Fathers, Women and Wallace. Regional: The Violet Hour (Steppenwolf), The Cider House Rules (Mark Taper), Ancestral Voices (Williamstown). TV and film include Sam Mendes’ Away We Go; The Last New Yorker; Ten Stories Tall; Tonight at Noon; Alexander the Last; Outsourced; Broken English; Diggers; Alive; Kicking and Screaming; The F Word; Freak Talks About Sex; On Line; With Honors; House of Yes; The Proprietor; “Abby, My Love” (Emmy Award); “Absolutely Fabulous;” “Third Watch;” “Sex and the City;” “Law & Order.”

SLATE HOLMGREN (YASHA) CSC: Double Falsehood. Appeared in the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night. Regional credits include Master Builder, Passion Play and Trouble in Mind at the Yale Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Loves Labors Lost, Tempest,   La Ronde,Othello, One for the Road, the title role in Macbeth,Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, and The Little Foxes. Television and Film credits include Everwood,Dragon Hunter and Return to the Hiding Place. Slate has completed the British American Dramatic Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford Program at Balliol College and is a graduate of the MFA acting program at Yale School Drama.

ROBERTA MAXWELL (CHARLOTTA) CSC: Three Sisters Richard III.  Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: The Cripple of Inishmaan (The Public), MTC, NY Shakespeare Festival. Regional: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: "Law & Order," "Another World," "Mourning Becomes Electra" (PBS), "Airwaves" (CBS series), "What Makes a Family," “Warehouse 13.” Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Villager (Mary Stuart), Carbonelle (Lettice and Lovage).

JULIET RYLANCE (VARYA).  Graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (BA in Acting).Theatre credits include: Irina in CSC’s Three Sisters, Rosalind in As You Like It and Miranda in The Tempest (The Bridge Project: BAM, Old Vic Theatre, London and International Tour.) Performance Obie Award Winner for Rosalind. Perdita in The Winter’s Tale and Cressida in Troilus and Cressida.  (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London), for Theatre For A New Audience, Desdemona in Othello (nomination, Lucille Lortel Award), Medea in Neil LaBute’s Bash: Latterday Plays (Trafalgar Studios, West End), Mary Sidney in  I Am Shakespeare (Chichester Festival Theatre and U.K. Tour), 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic Theatre), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and Pocahontas in The Jamestown Masque (Middle Temple Hall, Inns of Court, London) Katherine in Incident (West End). Film credits include: Fall (Glass Eye Pix) Julie in The Burl (New Moon Productions) and Maria in Animal (nomination, L.A. Film Festival).

MICHAEL URIE (YEPIKHODOV).  Stage credits include The Tempermentals (for which he received a Drama Desk, Lortel and Theatre World Award for his performance),  Angels In A America at Signature, Dickie and Babe, and Hamlet at South Coast Repertory, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus and Othello for the Old Globe, Romeo & Juliet at the Folger, The School of Night, Balm and Gilead and The Seagull, among others.  He is well-known to television audiences for his series regular role as Marc in “Ugly Betty.”

ELISABETH WATERSTON (DUNYASHA). CSC: The Tempest. Other New York: Lascivious Something (Women's Project), Measure for Measure (TFANA), The Young Left (Cherry Lane), Father Joy (SPF), Much Ado About Nothing (Public), Spring Awakening, The Vortex. Regional: Othello (TFANA/Intiman), Uncle Vanya (Long Wharf), Lady with a Lapdog (A.R.T.), Tonight at 8:30 (Williamstown). TV: “The Practice”, “The District”, “Law & Order”.  Film: 2 PM, Good Dick, The Sensation of Sight, The Prince and Me. Upcoming film: Please Be Normal.

KATHERINE WATERSTON (ANYA).  Stage credits include Adam Rapp’s Los Angeles, Gladiator V. Kamikazis, Smashing and No Exit, and for the Williamstown Theatre Festival – The Burden of Sunflowers, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Big Love. 

ANDREI BELGRADER (Director) is a theatre and TV director. The last show he directed in New York was Beckett’s  End Game with John Turturro, Max Cassella, Alvin Epstein and Elaine Stritch at BAM. At CSC he has directed Rameau’s Nephew an adaptation by Belgrader and Shelley Berc from Diderot with Tony Shalhoub, Scapin, a musical adaptation by Belgrader/Berc, music by Rusty Maggee with Stanley Tucci and Waiting for Godot with John Turturro and Tony Shalhoub. He has directed both classical and contemporary plays at theatres such as  A.R.T., The Yale Rep., The Goodman, Seattle Rep., ACT, as well as in Europe. For Television he directed several episodes of the sitcom “Coach” and many episodes of “Monk” for NBC/USA Network. He taught acting and directing at The Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, UCSD and currently teaches acting At USC.

SANTO LOQUASTO (Scenic Design), designer for theatre, film, dance and opera, has won 3 Tony Awards and has been nominated 14 times.  He has collaborated with Woody Allen on 24 films, including costume design for Zelig and production design for Radio Days and Bullets Over Broadway for which he received Academy Award nominations. Recent designs include Uncle Vanya, Inherit the Wind,110 in the Shade, The Seagull, A Man For All Seasons, and American Buffalo.  He received the Merritt Award for Excellence in Design and Collaboration in 2002, was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2004, received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts in 2006 and the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007.

MARCO PIEMONTESE (Costume Design) CSC: Three Sisters, The Seagull, The Forest. Italian born and raised, he received his Masters Degree in Art History at University of Florence. He began his career at Tirelli Costumes in Rome assisting Maestro PieroTosi. He worked on several motion pictures including Sophia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette, Tim Burton’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and Operas, Zeffirelli’s La Boheme at  LaScala in Milan and Patrick Kinmonth’sTraviata at  La Fenice inVenice.  He moved to NYC in 2007 where he assisted Suzy Benzinger on Carmen (La Jolla Playhouse 2007), Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works” (2008), the World Premier of New Year’s Eve written and directed by Arthur Laurents, Franco Dragone’s water show Le Rêve (Wynn Casino 2009) and House of Dancing Water in Macau, China (City of Dreams 2010).

JAMES INGALLS (Lighting Design). The Night of the Iguana, Cheapside at Roundabout. Broadway: Sixteen Wounded; The Elephant Man; A Year With Frog and Toad; The Human Comedy; ’night, Mother. New York: ATC, LCT, MTC, NYSF, PH, TFANA. Recent theatre: Stage Kiss (Goodman); August: Osage County (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); A Parallelogram, Endgame (Steppenwolf). Recent opera: Hercules (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Nixon in China (Metropolitan Opera). Recent dance: Brief Encounters (Paul Taylor Dance Company); The Hard Nut, L’Allegro… (Mark Morris Dance Group); Onegin (National Ballet of Canada). Frequently collaborates with The Wooden Floor, Santa Ana, CA.

CHRISTIAN FREDRICKSON (Original Music/Sound Design).  CSC: Unnatural Acts, Three Sisters, Orlando, The Forest, Age of Iron, An Oresteia, The Tempest.  Christian is a violist, composer, and sound designer living in Brooklyn, NY. He is a founding member of Rachel’s, an instrumental band with six albums on Touch and Go Records.  He is also a member of The Young Scamels, whose album Tempest is one of John Schaefer's top 5 of 2010. Recent credits include: The Painted Bird, Bastard (La MaMa,  Etc.), The Emperor Jones (2010 Lortel nomination),  Antigone with Anne Bogart and SITI Co. (DTW) Fetes de la Nuit (Ohio), The Fever Chart, Neighbors (The Public), The Tempest (Actors Theatre of Louisville).

RYAN RUMERY (Original Music/Sound Design). CSC: Three Sisters, Orlando and Uncle  Vanya.  Broadway credits include Thurgood.  Off Broadway his recent work includes original music in Bright New Boise, Wild Project, Emperor Jones at Irish Rep., Precious Little for Clubbed Thumb and End Days at Ensemble Studio Theatre.  His recent sound design credits include Gruesome Playground Injuries and Let Me Down Easy (Second Stage) Now Circa Then (Ars Nova) Neighbors (Public Lab), Back BackBack and Based on a Totally True Story (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Beauty on the Vine (Epic Theatre Center).  Regional theatre credits include Arena, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage, Kennedy Center, Geffen Playhouse, Long Wharf, Shakespeare Theatre, Hartford Stage, Alley Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Trinity Rep, Hangar, Woolly Mammoth, Alliance and Eugene O' Neill Theatre Center. His film credits include SyncroNYCity.

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