untitled cherry orchard musical

A feminist, multi-racial re-imagining of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard by Emily Gardner Xu Hall (book/music/lyrics).



Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical is a feminist upending of Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard in which the three protagonists are the mother, the daughter and the stepdaughter of the family. The cast is multi-racial by design, allowing for actors of multiple racial backgrounds in multiple roles, and there is space for at least one trans or gender non-conforming actor. The score is pop music with jazz, blues and folk influences, played by the cast of instrumentalists.

Lyuba, Anya and Varya are the protagonists of this Cherry Orchard, where the limited role of females in society has a major impact on the fate of the family. With a history of secret affairs, irresponsibility and the tragic death of a 7-yr-old boy, what can the next generation do to save the family? We live in a multi-racial society. We live off the labour of an immigrant population. We stand in the shadow of the 2008 credit crunch. We stand in the bloody tracks of an emancipated population. What was this country? Was it great? Is there a revolution coming for us?


Rough footage from rehearsal. "From Now On" (c) Emily Gardner Hall 2016 from "Untitled Cherry Orchard Musical"

About the concert performance: Cast and creative team.