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Blum, Burton, Latessa, Van Patten, et al. Set for The Cherry Orchard logo
Kate Burton
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Broadway veterans Mark Blum, Dick Latessa, and Joyce Van Patten will join previously announced star Kate Burton in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Richard Nelson's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, January 5-February 4. The production will be directed by Nicholas Martin, the company's artistic director.

The Cherry Orchard focuses on Madame Ranevskaya, who returns to Moscow from Paris to find her estate about to be auctioned and her unwillingness to save her family by selling pieces of her beloved orchard to a local businessman.

The show's design team will feature Ralph Funicello (sets), Robert Morgan (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting), Drew Levy (sound), and Michael Friedman (original music). Nelson is the author of such plays as The Dead, for which he won the Tony Award, Some Americans Abroad, and Frank's Home, which is currently playing at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and which will transfer in January to New York's Playwrights Horizons. Martin is currently represented on Broadway by Butley, which first premiered at the Huntington.

Burton will play Madame Ranevskaya; Blum will play Gaev; Latessa will play Firs; and Van Patten will play Charlotta. The cast will also feature Will LeBow as Lopakin, Jeremiah Kissel as Pischik, Jeremy Beck as Yephikov, Jessica Dickey as Dunyasha, Gene Farber as Yasha, Evnver Gjokaj as Trofimov, Sarah Hundut as Vanya, Patrick Lynch as the Station Master, and Jessica Rothenberg as Anya.

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