Back to Methuselah


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Back to Methuselah

England in the late twenty-second century is a bureaucracy administered by Chinese men and African women. [Br. Drama: Shaw Back to Methuselah in Magill III, 82]
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Back to Methuselah (1918-20), the last of the plays Stafford examines, begins and ends in the Garden of Eden.
DAME EDITH EVANS Unlike the other luminaries, Evans was established when she grasped the opportunity to tread the boards in the 1923 premier of Back to Methuselah.
Stafford approaches the plays as both literary and performance texts and deftly illustrates how Shaw employs these two settings in his campaigns against (among other things) capitalism and romantic idealism, tracking their incarnations from Widowers' Houses to Back to Methuselah.
The most charming has her appearing from an egg in George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah in 1928, but the photograph of her bedroom in 1927 is more revealing with its canopied bed, sateen bedspread and crinolined doll in the centre.
Over the next few years he produced ground-breaking plays, such as the first Shake-speare in modern dress and the world premiere of George Bernard Shaw's Back To Methuselah.
There were world premieres, including George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah in 1923 and Ayub Khan-Din's East Is East in 1996, which went on to become an awardwinning film.
Unhappy with the Darwinian emphasis on circumstance and environment, Shaw insisted that human beings, as "spiritual" creatures, had much to say about their own development and future progress; he expounded these ideas in two plays in particular: Man and Superman and Back to Methuselah.
This month, the Chamber, In Tandem Productions and Marquette University will join forces to present Shaw's most expansive treatise, Back to Methuselah, in its entirety, broken down over three nights--or, for the intrepid, in a special "Methuselah Marathon" (all five acts in one day).
BACK TO METHUSELAH - The Other Place, Stratford, for a season.
So certain were a group of us, still in our middle and late teens, that Shaw, like his long-livers in Back to Methuselah, would live to be at least three-hundred years, that we were absolutely devastated when he died (in 1950).
The five linked plays under the collective title Back to Methuselah (1921) expound his philosophy of creative evolution in an extended dramatic parable.
Fortunately, the book provides a list of more than 60 predictive dramas of the twentieth century, including Back to Methuselah (1920) by George Bernard Shaw, The Physicists (1962) by Friedrich Durrenmatt, The Memorandum (1965) by Vaclav Havel, The Unseen Hand (1969) by Sam Shepard, Jumpers (1972) by Tom Stoppard, and Hamletmachine (1977) by Heiner Muller.