Contemporary American translations of Chekhov's plays

Oregon Shakespeare Festival has commissioned Libby Appel and Allison Horsley to collaborate on developing new versions of Chekhov’s major plays, to include: The Cherry Orchard, Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, Ivanov, and Platonov. The Cherry Orchard premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2007 and since then, Appel’s versions have appeared on stages across the country.

Welcome to this site, dedicated to new versions of Chekhov’s plays.

The Plays

Chekhov's early play perfectly blends his brilliant use of farce comedy with his insightful understanding of the human soul.

Artistic expression clashes with a generational struggle in this story of family, jealousy, passion, and drama.
Uncle Vanya
The isolation of rural Russia takes its toll on a family as it welcomes new members and bids farewell to others.
Three Sisters
A longing for more—romantically, culturally, intellectually, and spiritually—drive three sisters through their life journeys.
The Cherry Orchard
Reunion and leave-taking coincide as an ancestral home and its inhabitants look toward an uncertain future.