What if Works Inc., a community-based organization that uses the arts to champion social change, focuses its gaze on the increasing number of historic structures falling victim to the bulldozer by performing Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, an examination of the value of home, identity, history and memory, as the self-made Lopakhin, played by Zack Myers, returns to purchase the estate where he was once an indentured serf. Nineteenth century Russia and 21st century Miami coalesce through the integration of a series of images from “Absence of Place,” a collection of photographs by environmental artist/activist Xavier Cortada that depict spaces and places that are no more. The images are on loan from PAMM.
The play is directed by Phillip M. Church and the cast features Margaret Ricke as Madam Renevsky as well as Pia Vicioso-Vila, Charles Sothers, Natalie Brenes, David Neale, Sofia Sassone, Allyn Anthony, Gabriel Bonilla, Andrea Bovino, AJ Ruiz and Quillian Minot.
The production can be seen at 7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday at the New River Museum, 219 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 7 p.m. May 15-16 at Phil’s Berry Farm, 13955 SW 248th St., Homestead; and 7 p.m. May 22 at FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios, 420 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Tickets are $10-$15. Information at 305-271-1073 or www.Whatifworks.com.