The Cherry Orchard is a borderland, a far horizon in spacetime.
The Cherry Orchard is a crossroad of opposite worlds.
The Cherry Orchard is is a forest full of ghosts, which have been forgotten too soon.
The Cherry Orchard is a syncopated simphony.
The Cherry Orchard is a drag queen.
The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov is a small family saga, set during an era of great change.
While waiting for a single important event – the sale of the orchard – the characters of the play struggle against everyday situations which seem meaningless such as unrequited loves, deserted parties, long walks among the cherry trees.
It is here that six women wait for the end of the only world they ever knew. Around these figures stands a group of men, a chorus of insistent voices, representing an inevitable countdown.
We chose to work on this classic not only for his choral atmosphere but also for something that we read – and felt – between the lines: the nostalgia for a lost world, a childhood that would never returned but never forgotten. The female world of Chekhov is varied and fascinating: there are ladies, sisters, mothers, daughters and stepdaughters, caregivers, waitresses, maids, housekeepers, tricksters, lovers, would-be girlfriends, women of the city, women of the country. They are female travelers without a passport, divas without a stage, tragic heroines without tragedy.
They laugh, often, but always with tears.
Their story proceeds with fragments, combinations of different musical pieces, scenes from the original text, lip-synced songs that completed the drama. Often the dialogue is given character to another (the male parts, totally absent , have been partly incorporated by the female ones).
We do not think we have overturned Chekhov’s work; in fact, we have asked ourselves what corresponds, nowadays, to these anxieties, these obsessions, those human natures.
Chekhov simply describes a world with no more reference points, full of lost people, not able to recognize that moment of transition they are facing and this is reflected in the historic time in which we live.
A Nina’s Drag Queens‘ show
with: Alessio Calciolari, Gianluca Di Lauro, Sax Nicosia, Stefano Orlandi, Lorenzo Piccolo, Ulisse Romanò
scenery: Clara Storti, Selena Zanrosso
costumes: Giada Masi
light design: Giulia Pastore
audio: Giuliana Rienzi
assistant director: Luisa Costi
direction: Francesco Micheli
production: Aparte – ali per l’arte
in collaboration with: Atir Teatro Ringhiera; Brera Academy
“Non more time for the whining. Today, finally, Chekhov make us laugh. A Chekhov as you have never seen before, almost a discovery. So, many compliments to these wonderful queens of resistance, led by Francesco Micheli, who have transformed the cherry trees into cherries, female characters […] Gourgeous, delicious cherries. Encore, encore, please!”
Fausto Malcovati, HYSTRIO
“The Nina’s Drag Queens successfully build a world apart where even Chekhov utopias find space [ … ], thanks also to the great sense of proportion and balance of Micheli’s direction. Literally a triumph: will see them again soon.”
Maurizio Porro, CORRIERE DELLA SERA
“A grotesque , light , melodramatic Chekhov.”Sara Chiappori, REPUBBLICA
“With their belts of petals, as fragile and solid witnesses of a faded beauty, the Nina’s Drag Queens act like one single body: they are precise, expressive, gears of the same impeccable scenic mechanism. […] An elegant mixture of languages and techniques, perfectly “sewn around” a clear and intelligent dramaturgy.”
Paolo Schiavi, LA LIBERTA’