German adaption by Ulrike Zemme
Adaption by Daniela Löffner and David Heiligers
"We are not ‘the elite’ – we are the summer folk in our country – transients. All we are interested in is making our lives as comfortable as possible. We do nothing, and talk altogether too much."
The country residence of the lawyer Bassov and his wife Varvara is the meeting place for aprivileged party: doctors, writers, merchants, engineers. This uppermiddle-class group has left the city to spend the summer in the countryside.They have time and money and lead predominantly pleasant, carefree lives. Yetthey feel lonely, empty and lacking biographies, exhausted by themselves and tired of their liberties. Various ties, relationships and friendships are no help. They yearn for another future, which is redeemed by love and a more meaningful world.
They talk, argue, lament and discuss. How should they deal with this world-weariness? What kind of reality should they strive for? Why continue to rush, why pursue ideals? What visions should they create?
Varvara: "Why calculate and weigh up everything? ... How fearful we are of life! Weare drowning in self-pity!"
Maxim Gorky wrote Summer Folk in 1904, on the eve of the Russian Revolution. With his tableau of scenes and network of relationships, he wanted to present "the modern bourgeois-materialist intelligentsia". He portrays a comfortable society, which is no longer sure of itself and which rumbles with restlessness.
A cataclysmic turning point casts a shadow on these summer folk and theirrestless souls.
Costumes Eva Martin
Music Matthias Erhard
February 23, 2018, Deutsches Theater
Alexander KhuonSergej Bassow, lawyer
Anja SchneiderWarwara Michajlowna, his wife
Linn ReusseKalerija, Bassows sister
Marcel KohlerWlas, brother of Warwara
Frank SeppelerPjotr Suslow, engineer
Kathleen MorgeneyerJulija Filippowna, his wife
Andreas PietschmannKirill Dudakow, doctor
Natali SeeligOlga Alexejewna, his wife
Bernd StempelJakow Schalimow, writer
Christoph FrankenPawel Rjumin
Regine ZimmermannMarja Lwowna, doctor
Maike KnirschSonja, her daughter
Helmut MooshammerDoppelpunkt, Suslows uncle
Caner SunarNikolaj Samyslow, Bassows assistent
Nikolay SidorenkoSimin, student
Warwara Michajlowna, his wife
Julija Filippowna, his wife
Olga Alexejewna, his wife
Doppelpunkt, Suslows uncle
Nikolaj Samyslow, Bassows assistent