University Theater presents Chekhov play

YSU student actors who will perform Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" this October in Bliss Hall.

Starring in University Theater’s production of “The Cherry Orchard” are, in the back, Carly Magnuson and Patrick Hobby, and in the front, Kelly Sullivan and Anthony Genovese.

Youngstown State University Theater presents Anton Chekhov’s comedy/drama “The Cherry Orchard” over the next two weekends.

Performances run Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4, 5, 6 and 7, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12, 13 and 14 in Spotlight Arena Theater in YSU’s Bliss Hall. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday matinee performances are at 3 p.m. All seats in Spotlight Theater are general admission.

The play, universally acknowledged as one of the masterpieces of world theater, takes place on the grounds of Lyubov Andreyevna Ranevskaya’s estate, somewhere in the provinces of Russia. Lopakhin, born a peasant but who has become a wealthy businessman, and Dunyasha, the maid, are waiting for Lyubov. She has been away from home for a long time, living in Paris with her lover. When she arrives with her daughter, Anya, she is welcomed by her brother, Gayev, and other family, friends, staff and neighbors. Lyubov and Gayev recall happy times from their childhoods on the estate. However, unless the family can raise enough money to save it, the estate will have to be sold to clear Lyubov’s debts. They concoct several plans, one of which entails cutting down their famous cherry orchard, but they do not settle upon one.

The show is directed by theater faculty member Matthew Mazuroski.

The cast includes Rebecca Anderson of Cortland, Ohio, as Charlotta; Connor Bezeredi of Salem, Ohio, as Leonid Gayev; Tony Genovese of Youngstown, as Yermolai Lopakin; Josh Green of Youngstown, as Boris- Semyonov- Pischik; Patrick Hobby of Poland, Ohio, as Semyon Yepihodov; Carly Magnuson of Canfield, Ohio, as Varya; Cheney Morgan of Boardman, Ohio, as Firs; Alex Samuels of Worthington, Ohio, as Station Master/Servant; Jessica Schmidt of Salem, Ohio, as Anya; Eric Shonk of Canal Winchester, Ohio,  as Passerby/Servant/Postmaster; Kelly Sullivan of Youngstown as Lyubov Ranevskaya; Mark Warchol of Poland, Ohio, as Peter Trofimov; and Ashley Whited of Struthers, Ohio, as Dunyasha.

High school English teachers are reminded that this performance may mirror what they are teaching in the classroom. Student groups are welcome to attend and group pricing is available.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105. Ticket prices are free for YSU students with an ID; $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens, YSU faculty and staff, high school students, college students from other universities, Penguin Club members and YSU alumni.  Parking is available in the Wick Avenue parking deck for a nominal fee.