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"The Plantation" World Premiere: Chekhov Updated with a Little Help from Roosevelt Island

Updated 2 years ago David Stone
"The Plantation" Cast
"The Plantation" Cast
Photo credit: Brave New World Repertory Theatre. Used with Permission.

Brave New World Theater's Claire Beckman finds parallels with The Cherry Orchard in the Antebellum American South. Roosevelt Island's own Roy Eaton is music director.

Far across two continents, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, announced on New Years Day, 1863, echoed Czar Alexander the Second's emancipation of Russian Serfs, two years before.

The resemblances don't end there. The turbulent world around them convulsed, and both leaders were later assassinated.

Founding director of the Brave New World Theater, Claire Beckman, who also adapted and directs, resets Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in the American South, just after the Civil War and before Jim Crow laws enforced segregation.

"As re-imagined in this context," she says, "the story has important historical significance for an American audience. The Plantation seeks to explore the root causes of some of America's most pressing social issues with both humor and heart, while telling a story about Race in America."

The mission of The Plantation is to raise consciousness about the ongoing backlash against African Americans in the United States.

"We think Chekhov's voice and the play's striking parallel help illustrate the economic factors that led to the backlash so tragically linked to race in America," Beckman continues.

The cast is led by Alice Barret Mitchell and Marchant Davis. Musical direction is provided by Roosevelt Island's own legendary Roy F. Eaton

The Plantation's world premiere performances begin with an already sold out showing at 1:00 on Sunday, September 18th. 

Seating is still available for the 18th at 3:30 and on September 25th at both 1:00 and 3:30. Tickets free and are expected to sell out. To reserve, click here.

Location: The Nolan Park section of Governors Island at The Commanding Officers House.

Getting There: Ferries to Governors Island are also free before 11:30 a.m. on weekends, only $2.00 a trip thereafter. To see a schedule and additional information about the Governors Island ferry, click here.

If you would like to learn more about the Brave New World Repertory Company, click here.

Read all about the amazing Roosevelt Islander Roy Eaton right here

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