by A.R. Gurney, directed by David Baecker

May 15, 16, 17, 2015 (Fri.-Sun.)Coming home to Buffalo to portray Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, TV actress Amanda is seeking a boost for her declining career, while the play’s director is hoping that some star power will improve sales at the struggling regional theater. At once sentimental and terrified, Amanda arrives a day early to get her bearings, and to negotiate her terms. But there are surprises in store as old friends turn up, and new offers from Hollywood beckon. Amanda’s dithering—like that of the Chekhov character she is to portray—is rendered with Gurney’s signature humor and affection, making this rueful comedy impossible to resist.

Director: David Baecker is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Russell Sage College. Directing projects include The Little Foxes, Humble Boy and Full Gallop for Theater Voices; A Christmas Carol for NYSTI and staging the authorship trial for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas in the Rensselaer County Courthouse. For Sage, he directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Proof, The War of the Worlds, The Visit and many others. He has also directed for Santa Fe Theatre Festival, New York Fringe Festival and the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School.

Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave, Albany, NY. ( Map )
Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM.