Back To Methuselah

In 1876, George Bernard Shaw joined his mother in London where he would finally attain literary success. Back the Methuselah is regarded as Science Fiction, and a sort of commentary on human destiny.

Play title:  Back To Methuselah

Author (s):  George Bernard Shaw

Publisher: Constable & Co

Publication Date: 1921

Genre: Drama (Epic)

Primary Discipline: Biology

Secondary Discipline: Evolutionary Theory

Scientist (s): Fictional

Source Texts: Unknown

Character Breakdown: 4 Women, 5 Men

Maid/Mrs. Lutestring/Ecrasia, Savvy/Zoo/Amaryllis, Franklyn/Elderly Gentleman/ He-Ancient, Lubin/Prime Minister/Ambrose Martellus, Haslam/Archbisop/Acis, Burge/Burge-Lubin/Arjillax, Eve/Confucius/Prime Minister’s Wife/ Chloe/ Cleopatra, Cain/Napoleon/Strephon, Conrad/Barnabas/Pygmalion, Adam/Zozim/Ozymandias, Serpent/Oracle/ She-Anciet

Setting: Varies

Time Period: Varies

Synopsis of Play: In 1876, George Bernard Shaw joined his mother in London where he would finally attain literary success. Back the Methuselah is regarded as Science Fiction, and a sort of commentary on human destiny. It consists of a preface (An Infidel Half Century) and a series of five plays: “In the Beginning: B.C. 4004 (In the Garden of Eden)”, “The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas: Present Day”, “The Thing Happens: A.D. 2170”, “Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman: A.D. 3000”, and “As Far as Thought Can Reach: A.D. 31,920.”https://www.amazon.com/Back-Methuselah-George-Bernard-Shaw/dp/1420941208

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First Performance Date: 1923

First Producer: Repertory Theatre

Performance History: Back to Methuselah by Bernard Shaw was first presented in 1923, by Barry
Jackson at the Repertory Theatre, Birmingham. The play was later performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, 0n August 24th, 2000. The play was directed by David Fielding and designed by Andrew Walsh, with  lighting design by Simon Kemp, composed by Anders Sodergren, the sound design by Andrea J Cox, with Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa as the assistant director and Monica McCabe as the Stage Manager.

Links:

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2001/feb/23/theatre.artsfeatures1

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/george-bernard-shaws-science-fiction-methuselah-reaches-its-final-frontier/2017/03/27/cf67eda0-1307-11e7-833c-503e1f6394c9_story.html?utm_term=.b993107d3098

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1957/8/1/back-to-methuselah-pwhat-if-the/

https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2014/02/24/back-to-methuselah-at-washington-stage-guild-by-amanda-gunther/

http://www.theatreguidelondon.co.uk/reviews/backtomethus01.htm

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/modern-ireland-in-100-artworks-1921-back-to-methuselah-by-george-bernard-shaw-1.2035636

Entered by: Meaghan Yesford

Photo/Visual Research with citations

                   

January 1924, Court Theatre Photo: Getty                 Washington Stage Guild, photo: Stanley Photography

                         

January 1924, Court Theatre Photo: Getty                  Washington Stage Guild, photo: Courtesy Ann Norton

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