On paper Bonnie Greer’s contemporary American reworking of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, set against the dirtiest election campaign of modern times, seems an insightful and arresting idea. Eight years after the election of the first black President, many Americans are asking questions about Obama’s legacy, in particular the various black communities who have differing opinions on how far the... Read more
Bonnie Greer's new play is set in and around the Hotel Cerise - a famous retreat for middle class black people during the time of segregation. It's a landmark and symbol - a place where Black America once felt welcome and safe...
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Michigan, USA. 2016. As America's first black president ends his eight years in office - Anita Mountjoy risks losing her family's beloved hotel and cherry orchard, where Martin Luther King rested and Miles Davis played. Are the family keepers of this proud history, or simply trapped by its ghosts? Can 'the audacity of hope' survive?