Oh, the trees! Nothing but white and green as far as you can see - remember, Lyuba? Oh my lovely childhood. Waking up to happiness, looking out at blossom and trees and there they are - the same trees, the same blossom - after cruel winter, warmth and light and feeling!
In his masterpiece The Cherry Orchard, Chekhov maintains an exquisite balance between elegiac celebration of the romance of the past, as embodied in the cherry orchard in full bloom, and the awesome prescience of what is so soon to overwhelm Russia - revolution. The themes are majestic, and yet at the centre of the play is Ranévskaya, a tragic woman who lacks adroitness for survival in a changing world but who has one asset: a capacity for love. It is her solution - and Chekhov's.
This new version of The Cherry Orchard by Pam Gems opened at the Crucible, Sheffield in March 2007.
Anton Chekhov was a master whose daring work revolutionized theater, and this was as true of Ivanov, his first full-length play, as of The Cherry Orchard, his last. Building on the success of his acclaimed adaptation of The Seagull, Tom Stoppard returns to Chekhov and the themes of bitter social satire, personal introspection, and the electrifying atmosphere of Russia on the brink of change. In these two new versions, Stoppard brings his crisp and nimble style to two masterpieces of the modern theater. In The Cherry Orchard, an improverished landowning family is unable to face the fact that their estate is about to be auctioned off. Lopakhin, a local merchant, presents numerous options to save the estate—including cutting down their prized cherry orchard—but stricken by denial the family leave the estate to the sound of axes.
The funny thing is the harder I work the more clearly I understand things. When I'm worn out after a day's work then it's like my brain relaxes. And sometimes then I get it. The meaning of my life. My purpose on this earth. How many people ever get to say that? And you know what? It doesn't matter. Doesn't change anything. It is not important.
In Chekhov's tragi-comedy - arguably his most popular play - the Gayev family is torn by powerful forces deeply rooted in history and the society in which they live. Their estate is hopelessly in debt. Urged to cut down their beautiful cherry orchard and sell the land for holiday cottages, the family struggles to act decisively.
Vigorous and profound, this new version of Chekhov's classic play by Olivier award-winner Simon Stephens, from a literal translation by Helen Rappaport, is an anguished and heartbreaking love letter to a society in violent transition. It received its world premiere at the Young Vic, London, on 10 October 2014.
First performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904, directed by Konstantin Stanislavski, The Cherry Orchard remains a classic of the theatre. Completed less than a year before his death at the age of forty-four, Chekhov’s last ‘comedy’ still ranks supreme as a human tragedy of dispossession with audiences and actors alike. Peter Gill’s luminous version brings the psychological realism of Chekhov’s characters into sharp focus; fragile souls poised on the brink of happiness which never comes, or trapped in a void between the old world and the new.
You have no excuse for not writing a great script now. This book will do the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is come up with a great story to tell; the rest is covered in this thoughtful, thorough tour of the screenwriting process.
Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers and Hollywood script consultant
I have been quoting Lisa Dethridge for years. Thanks to this book I can now refer my students to chapter and verse. Lisa Dethridge illuminates the art, craft and industry of the screenwriter. I recommend her book to all my students.
Paul Thompson, Associate Professor, Film and Television, New York University and former Head of Film and Television, Australian Film, Television and Radio School
So you want to write a screenplay that will make it to the big screen? Whether you are a professional or a film buff with a powerful creative urge, Writing Your Screenplay shows how to master the craft of writing for the screen. Experienced screenwriter, script and story editor Dr Lisa Dethridge takes you beyond a formulaic approach, offering insights into classic mythic structures as well as contemporary story-telling techniques that underlie good screenwriting. She explains how to create cohesive plots, likeable characters, compelling action and dialogue; strong scenes and a visual 'world' that will engage international audiences.
Dr Lisa Dethridge has twenty years experience as a writer and teacher of media communications in Australia and the USA.
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