Two prodigal sons traveling through mid-19th century Russia navigate the allure of radical politics and first love in this play about the struggles of belonging in your own generation.

A new play based on Fathers & Children by Ivan Turgenev, written by Stan Richardson, directed by Ben Vershbow, co-produced by Meg Stemmler, costume design by Mira Veikley, lighting, sound & environmental design by Ben Vershbow, Scears Lee & Mira Veikley, choreography by Brendan Spieth, with: Dorit Avganim, Kat Heverin, Roger Lirtsman, Claire Siebers, David Skeist, Matt Steiner, Ben Vershbow & Henry Vick

Bazarov was the first public work by The Representatives, presented at West Park Church in Manhattan, New York in August 2013.  The play, based on Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers & Sons, deals with the frustration that younger, more progressive movements, like Occupy Wall Street, have with the liberal establishment, which prefers pragmatism and deal-making over dynamic change.

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“Your sort, the gentry, can never go beyond refined indignation.
We’re sick of that. We want something else! We mean to fight—
to smash other people! Don’t follow.
Our dust would get into your eyes, our mud bespatter you, you’d only be in the way.
You’re a good fellow, Arkady Nikolaevitch.
But you’re a sugary, liberal snob all the same.”

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(Photos by Gregory Vershbow)


West Park Press


Ivan Turgenev; Fathers & Sons; Nihilism

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