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The image shows: Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife), Alexander Khuon (Boris Nikolaevich Chepurnoy)
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The image shows: Alexander Khuon (Boris Nikolaevich Chepurnoy), Katharina Schüttler (Lisa, his sister)
Kinder der Sonne
von Maxim Gorki
Regie Stephan Kimmig
Premiere, 15. Oktober 2010, Deutsches Theater
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The image shows: Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife), Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov)
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The image shows: Katharina Schüttler (Lisa, his sister), Alexander Khuon (Boris Nikolaevich Chepurnoy)
Foto: Arno Declair
The image shows: Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife), Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov)
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The image shows: Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife), Alexander Khuon (Boris Nikolaevich Chepurnoy), Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov), Katrin Wichmann
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The image shows: Katharina Schüttler (Lisa, his sister), Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife)
Foto: Arno Declair
The image shows: Katharina Schüttler (Lisa, his sister), Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife)
Foto: Arno Declair
The image shows: Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov), Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife)
Foto: Arno Declair
The image shows: Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov), Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife)
Foto: Arno Declair
The image shows: Katharina Schüttler (Lisa, his sister), Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov), Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife)
Foto: Arno Declair
The image shows: Katharina Schüttler (Lisa, his sister), Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov), Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife)
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Children of the Sun (Kinder der Sonne)

by Maxim Gorki

German translation by Ulrike Zemme
Edited by Stephan Kimmig and Sonja Anders

Maxim Gorky wrote "Children of the Sun" in 1905, while imprisoned in the Peter and Paul Fortress for taking part in protests against what came to be known as "Bloody Sunday". That was the day Russian troops had opened fire on peaceful demonstrators as they tried to deliver a petition to the Tsar. The massacre sparked the first, unsuccessful, Russian revolution. Gorky set "Children of the Sun" during a Russian cholera epidemic in the late 1800s, but it was widely understood to be a comment on contemporary events. The play presents a darkly comic portrait of a society divided by social and political conflict.
Various characters frequent the house of the scientist Protasov and his wife Yelena. These include: Waghin, an artist who’s in love with Yelena; Melania, a rich widow who loves Protasov; Chepurnoy, a veterinarian who’s long been partial to Protasov’s sister Lisa; and Yegor, the caretaker who drinks and beats his wife. All of the characters are searching for a better life, a fulfilling life – one that’s worth living. But how must they go about their work and co-exist with others to sense something like purpose? They don’t understand one another, are distant, and can’t live together even under ordinary circumstances. Each of these neurotic, unhappy and egotistical – yet incredibly comical – characters has constructed a cocoon around themselves. “Down there“, on the streets below, real revolution has yet to break out. There’s no utopia in sight and it looks as if the status quo will prevail for the foreseeable future.
 Premiere 
October 15, 2010
Director Stephan Kimmig
Set Katja Haß
Costumes Anja Rabes
Music Michael Verhovec
Dramaturgy Sonja Anders

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Ulrich Matthes (Pavel Fyodorovich Protasov), Olivia Gräser (Lisa, his sister), Katharina Schüttler (Lisa, his sister), Nina Hoss (Yelena Nikolaevna, his wife), Peter Jordan (Dmitri Sergeyevich Waghin), Alexander Khuon (Boris Nikolaevich Chepurnoy), Natali Seelig (Melania, Chepurnoy’s sister), Markus Graf (Yegor, Metal worker and Caretaker)

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