Fathers and Sons

The epic sweep of Turgenev’s nineteenth-century literary masterpiece is brought to the stage by one of Ireland’s greatest living dramatists. Fathers and Sons captures the ongoing clash of generations and philosophies. Set in a Russian country estate, Brian Friel’s powerful and resonant adaptation examines the inevitable conflict between the urgency of youth and the entrenchment of age.

An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Callis as Bazarov, Harry Hamlin as Pavel, Nicholas Hormann as Prokofyich/Timofeich, Jane Kaczmarek as Arina/Princess Olga, Alfred Molina as Vassily/Nikolai, Molly C. Quinn as Katya, John Sloan as Arkady, Devon Sorvari as Fenichka, Daniel David Stewart as Piotr, Jocelyn Towne as Dunyahsa, and Joanne Whalley as Anna.

Original music performed by Anna Lyse Erikson on the cello, Nicholas Hormann and Stephen Van Dorn on the piano, and Paul Baird on the accordian.

Directed by Martin Jarvis.

Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in March of 2016.

Editorial Reviews

“Deftly weaving nineteenth-century mannerisms and pace with contemporary theater’s rhythms and naturalism, a fine collection of Hollywood actors presents this story of an aristocratic university student who returns home to grapple with three generations of family. Although Irish playwright Brian Friel and Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev were born more than a century apart, their concerns for their country’s landless poor and collapsing gentry had much in common. So it’s no surprise that in 1987 Friel adapted one of Turgenev’s best-known novels to the stage. This performance is easy with itself—focused and full of life, just like the two great writers who brought the epic masterwork to bear.”

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Author Biography

Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818–1883) was the first Russian writer to gain a wide reputation in Europe. He witnessed the February Revolution in Paris (1848), and his subsequent connection with reform groups in Russia, along with his sympathetic 1852 eulogy of Nikolai Gogol (who satirized the corrupt bureaucracy of the Russian empire), led to his arrest and one-month imprisonment in St. Petersburg. In 1879 the honorary degree of doctor of civil law was conferred upon him by the University of Oxford.

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