Turkish audiences will watch Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ in Ankara


Russian playwright and pioneer of modern short stories “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov is ready to meet theater lovers in the capital Ankara.

The play is a poignant portrait of an aristocratic Russian family that cannot face the reality of the changing social, political and economic order. The family farm, in which there is a large cherry orchard, is sold for debt. The cherry orchard is the symbol of the past, as well as the childhood memories of the owners of the farm, unable to act decisively in the face of the new situation and to keep their property.

“The Cherry Orchard” will be staged by the Sahnekarlar theater troupe. Volkan Severcan, Turkish actor and founder of Sahnekarlar, said the play will meet the audience as part of the Culture Road Festival to be held in the capital, alongside cultural festivities in the metropolis of Istanbul.

He noted that as a private drama club, Sahnekarlar was delighted to perform a classic play as part of the festival, adding that the play is very different from the roles he has played in television and film. He added that he plays a man who has earned money through evil.

Volkan Severcan, Turkish actor and founder of Sahnekarlar, talks about Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’, Ankara, Turkey, May 31, 2022. (AA Photo)

Highlighting the many crew members working behind the scenes, Severcan said “The Cherry Orchard” is a play he wanted to direct and he’s thrilled to have the opportunity.

Sharing his thoughts on the contribution of festivals to Turkish cities and art, he said: “Culture Road Festival is a very successful initiative, it has already resonated in Istanbul. We are very happy that he is also in Ankara. extends to many parts of Turkey.”

Acknowledging that audiences have been at odds with theater for some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he added, “These festivals, both in terms of concerts and theatres, are very important in conveying works of the best quality to the public. Especially with the Culture Road Festival Initiative in Ankara, both the people of Ankara and the people of other cities must enjoy days full of art, which they will enjoy.”

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