Cherry Jam


TMB’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 spread out before them. 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 without finding a solution unable to address their impending loss. TMB’s condensed and heightened adaptation, Cherry Jam, brings a new invigorating perspective on Chekhov’s original through movement, song, and dance. 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.”

The production was commissioned by California Institue of Arts School of Theatre and premiered at the college in Oct. 2010. CalArts actors, designers, and crew made up the original members of this production team.


Director/Choreographer – Tina Kronis

Playwright – Richard Alger

Producer – Jackie Banks-Mahlum

Assistant Producer – Yanda Li

Production Manager – Lisa Maydwell

Stage Manager – Richelle Buchmiller

Scenic Designer – Anahita Dehbonehie

Scenic Artist – Manders Haverick

Property Artist – Christian Cummings

Lighting Designer – Anna Martin

Costume Designer – Asta Hostetter

Sound Designer – Emma Rose Lipsitt

Video Designer – Steven Klems

Technical Director – Paul DiPetro

Master Carpenter – Yomy Lopez


James Cowan

Denielle Gray

Evan Hyde

Juan Parada

Warren Pennicooke

Michael Pignatelli

Paula Rebelo

Stephanie Regina.


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  • Cast Size: 8
  • Suitable for 12+
  • Physical Theatre

photos courtesy of Shanon Rodriguez