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Purchase Repertory Theatre Presents Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard,” Feb. 8-16

Date Released: 1/4/2008

The Purchase Repertory Theatre presents Anton Chekhov’s masterpiece The Cherry Orchard, a comic and tragic portrait of a world on the brink of destruction, February 8-16 at The Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20, $15, seniors & non-Purchase students, and can be ordered by calling the Box Office at 914-251-6200 or visiting

Purchase College, State University of New York, is located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, N.Y.

The Cherry Orchard, directed by David Bassuk, will be presented February 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 at 8 PM, and February 10 & 16 at 2 PM.

The story focuses on Madame Ranevskaya, who has chased her lover across Europe and returns to find that her beloved Russian estate, with its beautiful orchard, will soon be auctioned. Characters from her old world collide comically and then retreat into fantastic daydreams. But behind the laughter and dancing, her world slides inexorably toward its cataclysmic future.

David Bassuk is a professor of acting in the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film. He has directed many productions, including the world premiere musical Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Chaim Potok’s Off-Broadway The Chosen with Rob Morrow and George Hearn, and “American Camera” produced at Lincoln Center. He also directed and produced the first plays written by Nadine Gordimer, Richard Sennett and Chaim Potok. Bassuk was on the artistic staffs of Lincoln Center Theater and American Place Theater, and was artistic director at Novel Stages and Arcadia Shakespeare Festival in Philadelphia, and co-artistic director of Ark Theatre in Los Angeles. He was the playwright of the new adaptations of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and Jack Kerouac’s Visions of Cody. He holds an MFA in directing from Southern Methodist University and a BA in culture and society from Purchase College.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre, featuring students from the School of the Arts, Conservatory of Theatre Arts & Film, creates exciting and bold interpretations of classic and contemporary plays while bringing to the stage for the first time the next generation of actors, designers and technicians.

The Purchase Repertory Theatre Season continues with Derek Walcott’s The Odyssey, February 29-March 8; and Tennessee Williams’ American Blues, April 25-May 3.