Mrs. Ranevsky, a once-wealthy landowner, returns from a trip to Europe and is faced with the dilemma of selling her beloved cherry orchard or going into extreme debt. She refusus to accept change, and continually squanders what little money she has left. Lopakhin, a businessman, offers her advice by suggesting that she cut down the orchard and build cottages to rent out. Mrs. Ranevsky refuses, and eventually has to put the orchard up for auction in order to save the family. Lopakhin buys the orchard himself and begins his cottage enterprise.
This report prepared by Megan E. Davis