“The Cherry Orchard” is the last play by Russian playwright Chekhov. The story begins with a brother and sister, Gayev and Ranevskaya, who return to their Cherry Orchard. The aristocratic manor carries their old days like relatives, friends or lovers at a distance of age. Reunion means separation, they linger on and indulge in dreams and memories on the bed, but collapse is the inevitable end to the Cherry Orchard. The new owner of the orchard will replace the old one and the new era makes an end of the old era. It is their growing pain, which is a pain of out of bed as well. In the age of a girl’s menarche, the desert of the real is chipping away all fictitious, a cherry drops on Ranevskaya’s face and makes the last touch of blushes. The Cherry Orchard is more than just an aristocratic manor. It is something that evanescent, fragile or transparent. It is the name that was erased, the long marks on the floors that have been wiped, and the water vapor on a mirror’s surface in the winter. It is a ghost and an invisible person. It disappeared in transforming period. A goodbye is leaving all those things when the world turned back. Director Sun Xiaoxing and young actors from Tianjin People’s Art Theatre, known in this context as Ranevskaya, Gayev and Anya, return to the Cherry Orchard. They are not just old owners but new owners. The past is about to pass, whereas the future is not yet here. Standing before the Cherry Orchard, we are lost.
Playwright: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov Director: Sun Xiaoxing Stage Designer: Wang Lixin Performers: Zhang Jingjing, Du Zijun, Fan Fan, Gao Qizheng, Jiang Zhihua, Zhou Hang, Zhou Miao, Wang Jue Composer: Joy Ginger Vedio Design: Atomic Visual Studio