Mainstage season opens with The Cherry Orchard

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will launch the University Theatre 2011–12 Mainstage season with Anton Chekhov’s last play, The Cherry Orchard, in a new translation by Curt Columbus, at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, in the E.C. Mabie Theatre of the UI Theatre Building.

Additional performances will be at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8 and Wednesday–Saturday, Oct. 12–15, and at 2 p.m., Sundays, Oct. 9 and 16.

Tickets are $17 ($12 for senior citizens; $10 for youth; and $5 for UI students) and are available from the Hancher Box Office, 319-335-1160 or Any remaining tickets will be available for sale one hour before show time at the UI Theatre Building.

In this comic/dramatic Chekhov masterpiece, an aristocratic Russian family at the turn of the 20th century tries to hold on in challenging economic times; to preserve a way of life amid the inevitable pressures of “progress.” When presented with options to fend off impending foreclosure, can the family rise to the challenge?

The UI production features scenery by R. Eric Stone, costumes by Mia Khayat, lighting by Jess Fialko, original music by Michael Cash, choreography by Rachelle Tsachor, and dramaturgy by Kristin Kurtz.

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