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Sons Without Fathers  

A new version of Chekhov's 'Platanov'

Sons Without Fathers $19.95 ex GST
$21.95 inc GST

Village schoolteacher Platonov is a man who is loved by women. Despite his best intentions he is drawn into a series of extra-marital affairs that all hold the promise of escape from the provincial Russian reality where he and his circle of friends are trapped. Consumed by bitterness and disappointment, they attempt to fill the void in their lives with sex and vodka, blaming their fathers for the mess they’ve been left in.

A brand new version of Chekhov’s Platonov, Sons Without Fathers is funnier, more brutal and more wildly passionate than the Chekhov we’ve come to know. It shines a light on this band of disaffected thirty-somethings – too old to move with the times, and too young to let go of their dreams.



Cast : 8M, 5F (including 3J)

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-004-1 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB

Author

HELENA KAUT-HOWSON is an internationally acclaimed theatre and opera director who has worked extensively in the UK and Poland, as well as the USA, Canada, Israel, Ireland and Japan. She has directed over 100 theatre and opera productions, also venturing into television. Several of her productions won prestigious awards in the UK and abroad. From 1992 to 1995 Helena was artistic director of Theatr Clwyd, Wales. Her vision and adventurous policy raised the profile of that theatre to an international league and attracted many major artists, including Anthony Hopkins and Julie Christie. Currently working as a freelance director she divides her time between the UK and Poland. Helena's work featured in several radio programmes and in a 60 minute BBC documentary Breaking the Mold. Parallel with her professional career, Helena pursues her commitment to the training of actors by regularly teaching at LAMDA and RADA where she is an Associate.