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Cherry Orchard - set painting

Beginnings of the set – by Constance Mallinson

Rehearsals for CityShakes’ Emerging Director Mallin Alter’s production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard begin this weekend.

The team is excited to begin – work on the set is already under way!

Director Mallin Alter and set designer Constance Mallinson were inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings of almond blossoms done in the late 19th century. In this case, the almond blossoms have been transformed into cherry blossoms, a motif throughout this production and symbolic of the changing life cycles central to the play’s meaning. The set painting not only functions as the house’s wallpaper, but represents the orchard itself and its significance in the characters’ lives. Audience members are enveloped by the set suggesting the exterior and interior of the house.

Set designer Constance Mallinson has been recently commissioned by Los Angeles Metro to install 24 permanent artworks at the new Santa Monica 26th and Olympic Bergamot Station.

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