During the winter of 2000, Lluís Pasqual staged a Catalan version of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard at Barcelona's Teatre Lliure, the historic home of Catalonia's most stable, accomplished, and distinguished repertory theatre company. In Chekov's play, Madame Lyobov Andreyevna Ranyevskaya, an emblem of the fading elegance and dwindling supremacy of the Russian aristocracy, is compelled by her situation of financial despair to sell her estate and cherry orchard to the nouveau-riche Lopakhin and then return to Paris on the eve of the Revolution. The orchard that was once admired for its beauty eventually will be destroyed in order to pave the way for a series of homes that will be occupied by the rising working-class.

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Copyright © 2002 Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. This article first appeared in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies 6, no. 1 (2002): 269-87. doi:10.1353/hcs.2011.0315.

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