Cherry Orchard: Firs’ Dream (2004)

By Anton Chekhov
Directed by Sonoko Kawahara

Chekhov Now Festival at Connelly Theater

Fluttering through fragility in a changing world… Gender is irrelevant in the realm of solitude. -The Arts Cure

She has dared to re-imagine “The Cherry Orchard” from the viewpoint of old Firs
– The Villager

About the production

Empty Space and only three chairs. To move time forward or backward, or to stop it? This question is explored in an adaptation of Chekhov’s classic tale featuring female Firs.

The story begins with the last scene of the play. She has served the Ranevsky family for two generations but is forgotten by the new generation. The play brings you the deep connection between the memories of the past and dreams.


Photography by David Altman

Production Credits

Written by Anton Chekhov
Translation by Constance Garnett
Directed by Sonoko Kawahara
Performed by David Altman, Daniella Chiminelli, Dawn Eshelman, Marco Formosa, Esra Gaffin, Anthony Lucciano, Rachel Neuman, Kathleen O’Neill, Everett O’Neil, Kaipo Schwab, and Margi Sharp
Sets by Sonoko Kawahara
Lights by Josh Bradford
Music and Sounds by Andy Cohen
Costumes by Mayu Yabe
Assistant director: Yukako Yamazoe and Eriko Ogawa

October 27-November 8

Cherry Orchard: Firs’ Dream is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts which are both administrated by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/NY.