Sons Without Fathers: a new version of Chekhov's Platonov

Sons Without Fathers: a new version of Chekhov's Platonov

By: Helena Kaut-Howson (author)Paperback

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"Village schoolteacher Platonov is a man who is loved by women. Despite his best intentions he is drawn into a series of extramarital affairs that all hold the promise of escape from the provincial reality where he and his circle of friends are trapped. Consumed by bitterness and disappointment, they attempt to fill the void in their lives with sex and vodka, blaming their fathers for the mess they've been left in. Sons Without Fathers is a brand-new adaptation of Chekhov's remarkable first play. Helena Kaut-Howson's version chooses to focus on just one of the many themes covered in the original text - the predicament of a disaffected generation left adrift in a world without hope. Updated to modern-day Russia, the play intertwines the central story with contemporary political issues."

About Author

Internationally acclaimed theatre and opera director Helena Kaut-Howson has worked extensively in the UK and Poland, as well as in the USA, Canada, Israel, Ireland and Japan. She has directed over 100 productions, several of which won prestigious awards, and has also ventured into television. From 1992 to 1995 Helena was artistic director of Theatr Clwyd, Wales. Her vision and adventurous policy raised the profile of that theatre to an international league and attracted many major artists, including Anthony Hopkins and Julie Christie. Currently working as a freelance director, she divides her time between the UK and Poland. Helena's work is featured in several radio programmes and in a 60-minute BBC documentary, "Breaking the Mold." Parallel with her professional career, Helena pursues her commitment to the training of actors by regularly teaching at LAMDA and RADA, where she is an Associate. "Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) is Russia's best-known playwright and is considered to be among the greatest writers of short stories in history. His works have been a major infl uence on dramatic literature and theatrical performance. This play text is adapted from what was, in Chekhov's opinion, an unfinished work. Better known in this country under the title of Platonov, the play was discovered sixteen years after his death. Polish born Helena Kaut-Howson is an internationally acclaimed theatre and opera director. She has directed extensively in the UK including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Sadler's Wells, Royal Exchange Theatre, Glasgow Citizens Theatre, and the Young Vic; and internationally in Poland, the USA, Canada, Israel, Ireland and Japan. In 1994, she received the Peter Brook Open Space Award for her 'Outstanding Body of Work' as Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd in Wales. Other productions based on Helena's works from her own translations and adaptations include: Uncle Vanya (with John Stickland),Vassa (Gorky), The Master and Margarita (Bulgakov), Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass (Schulz), Demons (Dostoyevsky), Sunset (Babel) and Minor Apocalypse (Konwicki)."

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781783190041
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9781783190041
  • ISBN10: 1783190043

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