In a press conference I was asked, among other things, why I consider “The Cherry Orchard” a tragedy – after all, according to Chekhov, it’s a comedy. Afterwards, already in my car, I asked a Japanese friend, who had seen our show at Taganka, what had specifically bothered him.
He said that it was the helplessness of the characters in the face of poverty. It’s because of this that it’s a tragedy, although it is written with special “turns" toward the absurd and even idiotic. Sodom and Gomorrah, and in the center – the unhappy Ranevskaya.
In my opinion, considering how young and fragile Ranevskaya is, it should be especially striking for the audience when Demidova plays her.