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CalArts School of Theater premiers 'Cherry Jam,' Theatre Movement Bazaar’s new perspective on Chekhov’s 'Cherry Orchard'

The CalArts School of Theater premieres Cherry Jam, Theatre Movement Bazaar’s new perspective on Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard with direction and choreography by Tina Kronis and original text by Richard Alger.  In this new work, the characters are jarred by their memories, jammed into the present, and forced to examine the future spreading out before them. Chekhov’s classic comedy is re-mixed as Cherry Jam in Ensemble Theater 400 at the California Institute of the Arts (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia). Cherry Jam will run Thursday, November 18th through Saturday, November 20th at 8:00pm, plus a Saturday, November 20th matinee at 1:00pm, and two final performances Monday, November 22nd and Tuesday, November 23rd both at 8:00pm. Admission is $10 for general admission and $2 for CalArts Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni. For reservations, please visit www.calarts.edu/calendar.

Cherry Jam updates the early 20th century story of The Cherry Orchard in which an aristocratic Russian family faces the loss of their
home and beloved cherry orchard. Rather than taking action, they stay suspended in their own hyper-reality unable to address their impending loss. TMB’s condensed and heightened adaptation, Cherry Jam, brings a new invigorating perspective on Chekhov’s original. A highly detailed movement score emphasizes the unspoken, unseen and unexpressed for a fresh and physical impression of Chekhov’s classic. Human concerns with identity and place are examined, “pulp, pits and all.” 

Theatre Movement Bazaar is a company dedicated to creating original performance works. Led by principal artists Kronis and Alger, TMB’s award-winning productions merge dance, theatre, and cinema, heightening physicality and remixing theatre forms to create provocative story telling.

TMB began in 1997 as a collaboration between choreographer/director/performer Tina Kronis, and mechanical engineer/writer/filmmaker, Richard Alger. TMB has produced thirteen original works, garnering critical attention and presenting its work across the US and in the UK. The company’s recent work, Anton’s Uncles (originally produced at Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy), was one of three shows selected from more than 500 productions across the country to be presented at the 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C. Cherry Jam continues their year-long celebration of Anton Chekhov’s 150th birthday.  Additionally, TMB has been awarded a commission by the Getty Foundation for the inaugural season of the Getty Villa’s New Play Series, two Rockefeller MAP Fund production grants, and recently, Kronis and Alger were awarded the MAP’s Creative Exploration Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  For more information on the company - www.TheatreMovementBazaar.org

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