About generational crashes and radicalism in Fathers and Sons

By on November 18, 2016

Is it possible to love when you are convinced that everything is meaningless? Radicalisation, love and the inability to see beyond their prejudices are the themes as director Runar Hodne Dramatic Theatre debuts with Ivan Turgenev’s classic. Premiere on 10 December.

It’s summer vacation. Students Arkady comes to his father’s estate along with his friend Bazarov. They are both radical nihilists and want to change society fundamentally – in particular Bazarov. The uncle Pavel is not impressed and keep everything they say for nonsense. The gap is abysmal.

How are they affected by the encounter with the energetic young widow Anna and her younger sister Katya? And how do strong family ties up with cocky idealism? The two students’ political beliefs and friendships are subjected to a series of trials.

Fathers and Sons describes a recognizable and fun way the eternal clash between generations and at the same time puts his finger on one of today’s most tender points: radicalization and the inability to see beyond their prejudices. It is city against country, upper class against the underclass reality to utopia, men against women, rethinking the traditions.

The Norwegian director Runar Hodne makes his drama debut with Turgenev’s classic novel of an acclaimed stage version by Irish playwrighter Brian Friel. The novel was published in 1862, in an inflamed time in Tsar regime Russia that half a century later would explode in revolution. It was with Turgenev as nihilism word broke through, embodied by the student Bazarov. But the Fathers and sons are more than politics – with a large but well-balanced person gallery and a humility about people’s shortcomings, it becomes clear that Turgenev is Chekhov’s predecessor.

Runar Hodne has previously directed Shakespeare’s Othello with Magnus Roosmann in the title role at the National Theatre in Oslo. He has also made an acclaimed set of Gösta Berling’s Saga at the Culture City Theatre in Stockholm.

Bazarov Hannes Meidal
Arkadij Otto Hargne
Nikolaj Magnus Roosmann
Anna Elin Klinga
Pavel Johan Holmberg
Fenetskja Josefin Ljungman
Katja Lina Leandersson
Vassily Bazarov Jan Waldekranz
Arina Bazarova Kicki Bramberg
Dunyasha Anna Åström
Piotr/Fedka Joaquin NaBi Olsson

Translation Ragnar Strömberg
Director Runar Hodne
Sets and costumes Magdalena Åberg
Light Andreas Fuchs
Wig and mask Barbro Forsgårdh

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