El Nogalar

by  Tanya Saracho

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 4f

A modern adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, set in modern day Northern Mexico.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 4f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Set in modern day Northern Mexico, the Galvan family, led by Matriarch Maite, have come back to their pecan orchard to reclaim their land after she has squandered away their money. In the time they were away, however, the Mexico they once knew has slowly been taken over by a drug war. Focusing on the relationships between sisters, and a mother and her daughters, will these women choose to adapt to the world around them or get left behind?
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"El Nogalar provides a strikingly intimate and welcoming bilingual context for examining social class in contemporary Mexico, paralleling the themes explored by Chekhov in The Cherry Orchard's Russia more than a century ago." - The Austin Chronicle, Read More 

"El Nogalar lives both in Cekhov’s world and Saracho’s world where class pressure and social turmoil threatens traditional families land and lifestyle in contemporary Mexico." - Chicago Critic, Read More 

"Marvelous!...Tanya Saracho is a very detailed writer, and one who brings the Mexican flavor to her work as well as a look from the feamle perspective." - Around the Town Chicago, Read More 


  • Behind the scenes of Teatro Vista's El Nogalar
  • Teatro Vista's El Nogalar
  • Tanya Saracho discusses her play El Nogalar
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £55 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: A pecan orchard in Mexico
  • Additional Features: No intermission


1m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast


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Tanya Saracho

Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright and Television Writer who's worked on "How To Get Away With Murder," and HBO's "Looking," among other shows. Currently, she serves as the creator and showrunner of the upcoming series “VIDA” on Starz. She is also developing a television series called”Brujas ...

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El Nogalar premiered in a production by Teatro Vista at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL in March 2011 under the direction of Cecilie D. Keenan.

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