Children of the Sun

Protasov, detached and idealistic, wants only to immerse himself in chemical experiments to perfect mankind. He’s more or less oblivious to the voracious advances of the half-crazed widow Melaniya and his best friend’s unrelenting pursuit of his wife.

Play title:  Children of the Sun

Author (s):  Maxim Gorky (translated and with introduction by Stephen Mulrine)

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

Publication Date: 1913, 1999 (Nick Hern Books)

Genre: Drama

Primary Discipline: Chemistry

Scientist (s): None

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 8 Men, 7 Women

Protasov, Liza, Yelena Nikolaevna, Vaghin, Chepurnoy, Melania, Nazar Avdeyevich, Misha, Yegor, Avdotia, Yakov Troshin, Antonovna, Fima, Lusha, Roman

Setting: Russia

Time Period: 1862

Synopsis of Play: Protasov, detached and idealistic, wants only to immerse himself in chemical experiments to perfect mankind. He’s more or less oblivious to the voracious advances of the half-crazed widow Melaniya and his best friend’s unrelenting pursuit of his wife, let alone the cholera epidemic and the starving mob at his gates. While Nanny fusses round, Protasov’s admiring circle, variously skeptical, romantic and lovesick, spar over culture and the cosmos. Only Liza, neurotic and patronized, feels the suffering of the peasantry and senses that their own privileged world is in jeopardy.

Written during the abortive Russian Revolution of 1905, Maxim Gorky’s darkly comic Children of the Sun depicts the new middle-class, foolish perhaps but likeable, as they flounder around, philosophizing, yearning, or scuttling between test tubes, blind to their impending annihilation. https://www.amazon.com/Children-Sun-Maxim-Gorky-ebook/dp/B00B7GX8RS

First Performance Date: October 12th, 1905

First Producer: Moscow Art Theatre

Performance History: Children of the Sun premiered in St. Petersburg on October 12th, 1905 and was staged at the Moscow Art Theatre.

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/apr/17/children-of-the-sun

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/theatre/theatre-reviews/10001279/Children-of-the-Sun-National-Theatre-review.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/theatre-review-children-of-the-sun-calm-down-dear-its-just-a-revolution-8581464.html

https://www.londontheatre.co.uk/reviews/children-of-the-sun

https://www.nytimes.com/1985/12/30/theater/stage-gorky-s-children-of-the-sun.html?mc=contentSEdom&ad-keywords=auddevgate&dclid=CMSQqYHyu9wCFea4swodyr4Fpg

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/arts/andrew-upton-takes-maxim-gorkys-classic-children-of-the-sun-and-makes-it-speak-directly-to-us/news-story/1702c1ef23493e2ebe84127139a2a448

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/393052/Theatre-review-Children-Of-The-Sun-National-Theatre-London

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                                        

2013; Lyttelton, London; Photo: Tristram Kenton                                   2013, The National Theatre.

                                                                                                                Photo: Nigel Norrington

                                        

2014, Sydney Theatre Company                                                           2014, Sydney Theatre Company

                                        
 2014, Sydney Theatre Company                                                         2014, Sydney Theatre Company

                                        

2014, Sydney Theatre Company                                                         2014, Sydney Theatre Company

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