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‘Cherry Orchard’ adaptation tailor-made for TWU

Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard has been a riddle for directors since the playwright penned it in the early 1900s.

Is it a comedy? Or is it a tragedy? It’s been directed as both, and it’s been directed as a mix of both.

Steven Young, a Texas Woman’s University theater professor, said his first aim in producing the classic was to make it accessible for present-day audiences. Young got input on the play from an actress who trained with the Moscow Art Theatre.

The production features TWU students, with 12 principal and ensemble cast members: 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.

Assistant professor Rhonda Gorman serves as set and costume designer, and technical director Michael Stephens provides the lighting design. Graduate student Kristi Smith designs the properties, and undergraduate student Chelsea Reeves is the sound designer. Undergraduate students Elizabeth Blake and Shawney Rogers are the stage manager and assistant stage manager.

— Lucinda Breeding


What: TWU Drama presents an adaptation of the Anton Chekov play.

When: 8 p.m. Wednesday and April 19-20; 4 p.m. April 18; and 2 p.m. April 21

Where: Redbud Theatre Complex, on the first floor of Hubbard Hall, just off of Administration Drive on the TWU campus

Details: Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students with ID and senior citizens. For reservations, visit  or call 940-898-2020.