Chekhov adaptation set for Governors Island

Brave New World Repertory Theatre (BNW) will present The Plantation, a new adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard that is set in 1870 Virginia, after the emancipation of the slaves but before the onset of Jim Crow. The immersive production will be staged for 10 performances beginning Aug. 31.

The immersive production is set inside the Commanding Officer’s House in the Nolan Park section of Governors Island. It will be performed at 1:30 p.m. on Aug, 31 and Sept. 1–3, 9, 10, 15, 17, 23 and 24. For reservations for the production, visit

“Chekhov’s original story has universal relevance,” says adapter/director Claire Beckman, co-founder of Brave New World Rep. “The Plantation explores the root causes of America’s most pressing social issue with both humor and heart, while telling a story about race in America.”

Up to 70% of the tickets to the production will be distributed free on a first come, first served basis at each performance. Free ferries depart from Manhattan and Brooklyn before 11:30 a.m.; for information on the ferries, visit

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