Centaur Play Club: An Evening of Theatrical Exploration
Join us for a memorable evening of literary exploration and conversation. Mark your calendars for November 27th at 7 pm and immerse yourself in the world of theatre with the Centaur+ Play Club. If you would like to join the Play Club by subscribing to our 2023-24 season, please contact the Box Office at 514-288-3161.
In this upcoming gathering, we invite you to immerse yourself in the world of Anton Chekhov’s timeless masterpiece, “The Cherry Orchard.” Penned in 1903, this play stands as Chekhov’s final opus, recounting the poignant narrative of an impoverished aristocratic family faced with the agonizing decision to part with their estate, including a cherished orchard, to resolve accumulated debts resulting from years of mismanagement and decadence. This work masterfully combines elements of both comedy and tragedy, offering a rich and multidimensional theatrical experience.
Adding a contemporary twist to this classic narrative is Montréal playwright and actor, Harry Standjofski, has ingeniously adapted the original as “Sakura.” This adaptation brings the story closer to modern-day Montréal, vividly portraying a society that has regrettably forsaken its homeland, forced to witness its gradual loss.
For this gathering Harry Standjofski will join us to share insights into his personal connection with the play and the playwright. Join us as we explore the motivations that led him to adapt “The Cherry Orchard” to a contemporary Québecois backdrop. Engage in a fascinating discussion on the nuances of translation versus adaptation and gain insights into what makes Chekhov’s play a seamless fusion of comedy and tragedy.
For those seeking an enriched perspective, we are pleased to note Harry’s recommendation of the Michael Frayn translation. While we are unable to provide it online, we encourage you to explore this translation at your local library or through online resources.
Join us for a memorable evening of literary exploration and conversation. Mark your calendars for November 27th at 7 pm and immerse yourself in the world of theatre with the Centaur+ Play Club.
We look forward to your participation!