The Cherry Orchard- Staged Reading

The Cherry Orchard- Staged Reading

May 25 - May 26

by Anton Chekhov

Directed by Gretchen Wirges

In collaboration with Pima Community College, Live Theatre Workshop seeks to blend new voices with old stories. Diverse casting and exciting new takes on classical pieces help us bring a depth and a light to canon. We can claim our own stories. We can shine new light. All the while, pairing individuals who are new to acting and theatre, with talented and mentoring actors in an effort to teach, guide and learn together. We all win. The stories. The cast. The community. In this staged reading of Anton Chekhov's" The Cherry Orchard," a Russian aristocratic family struggles to come to terms with the loss of their ancestral estate and the inevitable changes of a shifting society, symbolized by the impending auction of their cherished cherry orchard. The play delves into themes of social class, generational divides, and the often painful passage of time.

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Previews:

Opening Night: May 25, 2024

Regular Performances:

May 25th, 2024- 7:30pm

May 26th, 2024- 2:00pm

Tickets are $15.

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About The Artists

Gretchen Wirges

Director / Producer

Gretchen Wirges

Gretchen Wirges (Producer/Director) has directed for and acted on most of the stages in Tucson. Gretchen is delighted to be able to bring THE CHERRY ORCHARD to Live Theatre Workshop with this incredible ensemble. She has directed several shows at Live Theatre Workshop, most of which she wrote – MONA LISA ON THE LOOSE, WAITING FOR DOGGO, DJ IN ONEDERLAND and REASONS: THE HOUSE BURNED DOWN, and EVERYTHING YOU’VE GOT. She has also directed shows for Invisible Theatre, Scoundrel & Scamp, Winding Road, and Old Pueblo Playwrights. She is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with actors who are new to the stage. Seeing the spark of passion for telling stories on the stage reaffirms why theatre is so special and important. Gretchen would like to dedicate this run to the Tucson Theatre community, for whom she is so grateful.

Brionna Sayles

Stage Manager

Brionna Sayles

Brionna Sayles, she/they (Stage Manager), is excited to welcome you to the show! They graduated in 2018 from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Theatre Studies with a focus in Stage Management. Her first production with Live Theatre Workshop was in 2013, as a “volun-teen” stage manager for the winter camp’s THE MONSTER HUNTERS! Her last show was last season’s Children’s Theatre production, LA BELLA AND THE BEAST. She’d like to thank her family for their support and the LTW team for being endlessly amazing.

Kat McIntosh

Lubov Ranevskaya

Kat McIntosh

Kat McIntosh (Lubov Ranevskaya) is thrilled to be doing Chekhov! Local credits include Scoundrel and Scamp, Winding Road, The Rogue, and Borderlands. Previous credits include five seasons with Southwest Shakespeare Company, two seasons with Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and three national tours with Cleveland Signstage Theatre. Kat studied at The National Theater Institute as well as The Moscow Art Theatre and has a BA in Theater from Wellesley College as well as an MFA in Acting from Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Rudy Mendoza

Lopahkin

Rudy Mendoza

Rudy Mendoza (Lopahkin) is a former member of Teatro Vision out of San Jose, CA. He is currently enrolled at Pima Community College where he hopes to earn his Associate of Arts Degree. His major is Theatre, and he will add Theatre Technology to his education.

Topher Esguerra

Peter Trofimov

Topher Esguerra

Topher Esguerra (Peter Trofimov) is a graduate from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance.  You may have seen him as Lorenz in the world premier of the opera HINTERKAIFECK by Michael Vince, performing with Arts Express as Malcolm in THE FULL MONTY, as Jinx in both PLAID TIDINGS and FOREVER PLAID with SAPAC, or even singing in choral ensembles such as Helios Ensemble and Neoteric. When not performing you can catch him running his LLC TacticianTrades or dancing Zumba around town. He attributes his musical success and exploration to his mother for supporting him in all of his musical endeavors.

Dennis O'Dell

Gayev

Dennis O'Dell

Dennis O’Dell (Gayev) is thrilled to continue his return to his first love, theatre, after a 26-year hiatus in the world of Retail Business Management. Dennis and his wife founded and operated an Off-Loop Professional/Educational theatre company, The Center Ring, in Chicago in the 1980s and 1990s.  He has appeared in Tucson at The Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre in THE BOOK OF WILL and at The Rogue Theatre in GREAT EXPECTATIONS, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE ORESTEIA, AS YOU LIKE IT, and OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD. Also a playwright, Dennis is a member of Old Pueblo Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild, and his scripts have received staged readings in Manhattan and Chicago, community and university productions in Ohio, and a professional Equity production in Chicago.

Cast Member

Varya

Cast Member

Desi Neely (Varya) is a student at Pima community college studying theater and a student at the U of A for Psychology. She is a Tucson native and has been involved with the arts since she was in 4th grade. Desi was a mariachi for 10 years And has always had a love for music and theater.

Crystal Salinas

Anya

Crystal Salinas

Crystal Salinas, she/her (Anya) is currently a student at Pima Community College studying Visual and Performing Arts with a concentration in Theater. When not on stage, she enjoys playing soccer, one of her favorite sports. Crystal was in a production of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III as Duchess of York, one of her dream roles! She also played Yvonne in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE and her first musical. Crystal is so excited to be part of this production and can’t wait for the audience to see it!!

Dante Crossroad

Pischkin

Dante Crossroad

Dante Crossroad (Pischkin) has been acting professionally in Tucson since spring 2023 when they appeared in PLAZA SUITE by Oro Valley Theatre Company. Other credits include PUFFS at Live Theatre Workshop and THE BOOKSTORE at Invisible Theatre. They can usually be found at Valley of the Moon, a historic landmark and fairyland park in Tucson, where they will direct their original play HAUNTED RUINS: THE WITCHING HOUR this fall. Dante is thrilled to perform in this staged reading with such a diverse cast and to once again grace the stage of Live Theatre Workshop.

Rosanne Couston

Charlotta

Rosanne Couston

Rosanne Couston (Charlotta) is a native Tucsonan who has worked extensively with Borderlands Theater in such shows as AUSENTE, NOGALES: STORYTELLERS IN CARTEL COUNTRY, BARRIO STORIES, BURNING PATIENCE, SAZON DE MUJER, ELECTRIDAD, and BARRIO HOLLYWOOD. She also performed with Winding Road Theater Ensemble, Rogue Theatre, Something Something Theatre, Invisible Theatre, Live Theatre Workshop, and Mercury Productions.  By day, she is an academic librarian.

Carlisle Ellis

Fiers

Carlisle Ellis

Carlisle Ellis (Fiers) is honored to be in THE CHERRY ORCHARD, paying the classic role of Fiers the footman, a role that has been blessed by the likes of Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir Ian McKellan!! Thank you Gretchen! Carlisle received training at the University of Washington and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival High School Apprentice programs, Stanford University, and the Arizona Theater Company theatre classes. She has performed with many local theaters including Borderlands, the Invisible Theatre, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Live Theatre Workshop and The Scoundrel and Scamp. Some favorite roles include Titania in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Gracie in FAITH HEALER, Shirley Valentine, M’Lynn in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Kate in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND, Rabbit in POOH, and Mrs ConKleen in Wolfe Bowart’s ONE TWIG AT A TIME.

Benjamin Evans

Epikhodov

Benjamin Evans

Benjamin Evans (Epikhodov) is so excited to do his first ever stage reading with such an amazing cast and learn so many things from it. He is currently going to Pima Community College studying Visual and Performing Arts, but soon will be transferring to the U of A’s College of Fine arts working towards his BA in Film & Television. He has been in a showcase production downtown FLIPPING THE APOCALYPSE (Roger Greenleaf) and has been in two Pima Productions, THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Lurch) & MACBETH (Malcolm). This production will be a major step for him as this will be his second professional production. He thanks everyone who has supported him this far and anyone who comes to see the lovely production of THE CHERRY ORCHARD.

Owen Saunders

Yasha

Owen Saunders

Owen Saunders (Yasha) was born and raised in downtown Tucson, growing up a particularly spastic and dramatic child, to which both parents deduced theatre camp to be a perfect outlet. Beginning at age 11 with Live Theatre Workshop and Arizona Rose Theater Company, his experience on stage sparked an exuberant passion for acting. Since 2015, Owen has had the pleasure of performing two productions with The Rogue Theatre, Bertold Brecht’s GALILEO and MOBY DICK. More recently with Pima Community College, the gracious opportunity to play Buckingham in Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, and Tom in THESE SHINING LIVES. Owen continues to pursue his love for performing arts, and is immeasurably grateful to be playing Yasha in Gretchen Wirges’ reading of Chekov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD. Enjoy the show!

Madeline Rosales

Dunyasha

Madeline Rosales

Madeline Rosales (Dunyasha) has lived in Tucson her whole life. When she entered college she was lost on what to pursue but soon found theater and fell in love. Madeline spent the majority of her time taking different classes to grow in her understanding of acting. She wishes to continue to learn and enjoy more of what this community has to offer.

Venus-Tyané Kuya

Narrator

Venus-Tyané Kuya

Venus-Tyané Kuya (Narrator) is the Culture and Engagement Director at Desert Sage School. She is an International Teaching Artist specializing in Foley, Devised Theatre, and exploring Personal Story. She studied Musical Theater in Berlin, Germany and has a B.A in Global Arts & Culture and Global Education. She has worked as a performer for many US productions, including Nickelodeon and Stories that Soar! She has performed in various large productions internationally, from Friedrichstadtpalast to Jazzclub Neukölln. Venus-Tyané worked as the Musical Director for the performing arts school JMEM Berlin, and the subsequent touring production. She has toured throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Estonia, Czech Republic, India, South Korea, and Japan. She has a passion for the arts and people’s stories as expressed through their various cultures and is dedicated to making a positive impact that has a world ripple effect.