Use this character list as a bookmark! Anton Chekhov The Cherry Orchard A Comedy in Four Acts Lyubov Andreyevna RANÉVSKAYA (nickname = Lyuba) widowed landowner returning from Paris to her Russian estate Anya (Anyechka) her daughter, aged 17 Varya her adopted daughter, aged 24 Leonid Andreyevich GAYEV (Lyonya) Madame Ranyevskaya’s brother Yermolai Alekseyevich LOPÁKHIN a businessman/merchant Pyotr Sergeyevich TROFÍMOV (Petya) student, late 20s, tutor of Mme Ranyevskaya’s late son Grisha Boris Borisovich SEMYÓNOV-PÍSHCHIK (called Pishchik) a landowner, who owes money Charlotta Ivánovna Anya’s English governess Semyon Panteleyevich YEPIKHÓDOV a clerk, “two and twenty troubles” Dunyasha (Dounia) a maid Firs (a nickname based on his last name, Firsov, pronounced /Fērz/) an eighty-seven-years-old servant Yasha a young footman A stranger The stationmaster A post-office clerk Guests (stress marks on names are not part of the spelling but guides for pronunciation) Over for questions → Anton Chekhov The Cherry Orchard A Comedy in Four Acts Reading note: kvac /kvas/ is a Russian soft drink made of fermented bread (bread soda?). We can try some if you would like!! It is actually refreshing (though perhaps an acquired taste). Prepare written answers with page numbers cited for the following questions: 1. Identify each main character’s idiosyncrasy. 2. What was the state of Russia when this play was written? Any connections you can make to the play? (refer to the background handout) 3. What classes do the characters represent? 4. What does Chekhov convey about social classes, especially the aristocracy and the intelligentsia? 5. What roles does the cherry orchard play? Consider: setting, plot, theme, character and symbolism. 6. How does this play work as a comedy? 7. Choose a passage and do a close reading of it. 8. Choose a scene you would be especially interested in seeing performed. Why?