In homage to Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, this ensemble play examines the disappearing middle class in the swing state of Wisconsin. It’s the era of Tea Partiers, undocumented “Dreamers,” organic farming and fracking — and they all collide in a small community where being nice and rooting for the Packers are bond. While the story backdrop is rife with harsh political realities, the singular story core is in the heart and humanity of the characters’ lives. The personal meets the partisan, community meets capitalism and local meets global at Breitwisch Farm.
About the Company: Esperance Theater Company
Is an NYC-based theater company, founded in 2015 by Ryan Quinn, Charlie Murphy, and Katie Hartke. Productions include Twelfth Night and Youth & Ambition) in NYC, and workshops of The Canada Lee Project and The Native Son Project, in collaboration with playwright Mona Z. Smith and the Paramount Hudson Valley Arts. Inspired by Shakespeare, esperance is a word that appears a few times throughout the canon: it is defined as “hope” or “expectation”. For us this means a constant reaching toward renewal, development, artistic excellence, and ultimately a stronger connection to our audience. Esperance is a home for artists to dedicate themselves to ensemble work in service of story. Every member of our leadership team has worked as an educator, and understands that the key to getting folks involved is through “defined accessibility.” Our experience is that many people do not think classical theater is for or about them, and we take it as our responsibility to create the access point, and invite you in. Once in, we want to make sure that the story and the storytellers are rooted in that same accessibility. In our experience, if we are able to reveal this connection just once, it will hook you for a lifetime.
Cast: Danaya Esperanza, Katie Hartke, Will Manning, Charlie Murphy, Maria Peyramaure, Alejandro Rodriguez, Joe Tapper, Katie Wieland
Theater: Town Stages
Address: 221 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013
New York, NY 10013
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