The Theatre Department & What-If-Works Proudly Present Special Showcase of Chekhov’s Classic “The Cherry Orchard”


What-If-Works in association with the Roxy Theatre Group, the Barnacle Historic State Park, Broward Historical Society, Homestead Center for the Arts, Phil’s Berry Farm, Pérez Museum of Miami, and FIU College of Architecture + The Arts proudly present a special showcase of Anton Chekhov’s classic, The Cherry Orchard. The play will be running in various venues in South Florida throughout the month of May, including a May 22 at 7:00 p.m. FREE performance at the FIU-Miami Beach Urban Studios – 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Admission (at venues other than the Miami Beach Urban Studios) is $15 for the general public and $10 for senior/veterans/students.  

19th century Russia and 21st century Miami coalesce through the integration of images from “Absence of Place,” a collection of photographic images recorded by environmental artist/activist Xavier Cortada and published through the Miami Herald depicting spaces and places in Miami that are no more. Used with permission and courtesy of Pérez Museum of Miami. Triggered by the increasing number of historic homes falling prey to the bulldozer and with many more buildings under threat of demolition, Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” examines the value of home, identity, history and memory.

The story follows Lopakhin, a once indentured serf, who returns to the estate a self-made man to buy and dramatically change forever the landscape of his roots. The cast features Margaret Ricke as Madam Renevsky and Zack Myers as Lopahkin and FIU Theatre majors and alumni Pia Vicioso-Vila, Charles Sothers, Natalie Brenes, David Neale, Sofia Sassone, Allyn Anthony, Gabriel Bonilla, Andrea Bovino, AJ Ruiz and Quillian Minot. Directed by Phillip M. Church, costumes by Marina Pareja, set by Ashley Joseph and lighting & sound by Anton Church.

“This production of The Cherry Orchard is another example of how “What if Works Inc.,” a post-graduate company dedicated to bringing about social change through the arts, plays a significant role in the development of FIU theatre majors and alumni. While being given an added opportunity to do what they love doing best out in the community; young artists recognize the arts as a way to make the world a better place. This has to be a double-edged reward like no other,” added Phillip Church, the director of the play and chair of the FIU Department of Theatre.

What-If-Works is a community-engaged, post-graduate company dedicated to providing artists in theatre, film, and music a creative bridge between the academic environment and the professional world while championing arts for social change. Preservation of neighborhood, personal, and cultural history is an issue WIW passionately embraces. Public forums will be offered at each venue. All WIW productions support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS through a donation collection at each performance helping artists in urgent need. For further information contact Phillip M Church ( or #305 – 586 – 3919) or Isabel Betancourt ( or #786 – 317 – 9857)



May 7 and 9 at 7:00 p.m. Barnacle Historic State Park – 3485 Main Highway, Miami, FL. 33133

May 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m. New River Inn Museum – 219 SW 2 Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33301

May 15 and 16 at 7:00 p.m. Phil’s Berry Farm – 13955 SW 248 Street, Homestead, FL. 33032

May 22 at 7:00 p.m. FIU-Miami Beach Urban Studios – 420 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL. 33139

TICKET INFORMATION: 305 – 271 – 1073


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