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
Yde follows this excellent analysis with another compelling and thorough dissection in an entire chapter dedicated to Shaw's epic Back to Methuselah
, his five-play cycle written immediately after the first World War as a creative manifesto of sorts for his eugenic and political utopianism.
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.
WHEN he was sixty-five, Bernard Shaw wrote a set of five West End plays called "Back to Methuselah
." In them, he argued that the trouble with human beings is that they don't live long enough.
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
. In one sense, of course, he was simply dramatizing his own life, which had evolved by means of his particular brand of creative wit and thought.
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.