Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

February 27, 2007

Whitworth Theatre to Present Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard"

The Whitworth College Theatre Department will present its spring production, "The Cherry Orchard," March 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., and March 11 at 2 p.m. in Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth. Admission is $5. To purchase tickets in advance, call (509) 777-3707. Tickets can also be purchased at the door prior to each performance; seating is assigned.

Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov is heralded as one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century and is known for revolutionizing the theatre with his brand of contemporary realism. Chekhov wrote "The Cherry Orchard" in 1904; the play chronicles the decline of the Russian aristocracy at the turn of the 20th century through the story of one family's futile attempt to save their beloved family estate along with its famed cherry orchard. Despite their best intentions, the characters seem incapable of taking any meaningful action to save themselves from disaster. Funny yet heartbreaking, "The Cherry Orchard" is seen by many as Chekhov's finest work.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college, which has an enrollment of 2,500 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Diana Trotter, associate professor of theatre, (509) 777-4431 or dtrotter@whitworth.edu.

Jennifer Toulouse-Lee, theatre department program assistant, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3707 or jtoulouse-lee@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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