Summerfolk (play)


Summerfolk (play)

Summerfolk ( _ru. Дачники) is a theatrical play written in 1903 by Maxim Gorky. [cite web|url=http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc73.html|title=Maxim Gorky|publisher=Moonstruck Drama Bookstore|accessdate=2007-01-31] Based in part on the life of the writer Anton Chekhov, it takes place in 1904—the same year Chekhov died.cite news|url=http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2003/11/06/1068013311312.html?from=storyrhs|title=Summerfolk Review|last=Thomson|first=Helen|date=November 7, 2003|publisher=The Age Company Ltd|accessdate=2007-01-31] The play is a comment about the Russian bourgeoisie social classes and the changes occurring around them. [cite web|url=http://www.langara.bc.ca/studio58/newsletters/guysanddolls.pdf|title=Guys & Dolls Media Release & Upcoming Shows|publisher=Studio 58|date=Jan/Feb 07|accessdate=2007-01-31] Ideas of political revolution divide the established upper-classes from the younger idealists.

Nick Dear wrote an adaptation of this play that premiered at the Olivier Theatre in London in 1999. [cite news|url=http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19990907/ai_n14240462|title=The Information: `Summerfolk'|publisher=Newspaper Publishing PLC|date=Sep 7, 1999|accessdate=2007-01-31]

Associated Awards

* The Royal National Theatre, London produced Summerfolk in 1999.cite web|url=http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/?lid=1271|title=Summerfolk|publisher=National Theatre|accessdate=2007-01-31] Trevor Nunn on November 22, 1999 won the 1999 Evening Standard Award for 'Best Director' for The Merchant of Venice and Summerfolk. [cite web|url=http://www.albemarle-london.com/Archive/ArchiveShow.php?Show_Name=Summerfolk%20(NT)|title=Archive:Summerfolk|publisher=Albemarle of London|accessdate=2007-01-31] He also won the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and Laurence Olivier Award for 'Best Director'.

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