Directed by Rebecca Udden
Jennifer Bassett Dean
Jeffrey S. Lane
Joel C Sandel
Set Design by Liz Freese
Costume Design by Margaret Crowley
Lighting Design by Eric Marsh
Properties Design by Rodney Walsworth
Sound Design by Janel Badrina
Production Stage Manager – Amanda Rose Adwers
Assistant Costume Designer – Deborah Anderson
Crew: Julie Harvley, Boone Lacy, Jacob Sanchez
Gorky’s extraordinary play, which was written in exile and banned in his home country, presents a panoramic view of a restless society. It’s 1905, and Russia is at a critical moment in its history. The bourgeoisie is no longer confident in its own values. The working class is slowly realizing the terrifying sacrifices they will have to make. Gorky approaches this unique, imaginative play, with great humanity and a broad dramatic scope, offering a glimpse into what the world might have been like between aristocratic rule and the revolution in Russia.
Maxim Gorky, whose real name was Aleksei Maximovich Peshkov, was born on March 16, 1868, in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod, which in 1932 was renamed Gorky in his honor. Already established as a major novelist and short story writer, at the turn of the century Gorky began writing plays and formed close connections with the Moscow Art Theater, which, in 1902, produced his most famous play, The Lower Depths. For a significant part of his life, Gorky was exiled from Russia and later, the Soviet Union. In 1932, he returned to Russia on Joseph Stalin’s personal invitation and died there in June 1936.
Maxim Gorky’s Enemies is adapted by David Hare and premiered at the Alemida Theatre, London, in May 2006.
Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.
Running time: 2.5 hours (including two 10 minute intermissions)
We encourage you to bring nonperishable food items and/or diapers when you come to see Enemies. We will make sure they get to shelters that need them for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Part of the Art Events for Enemies:
After-parties following all Saturday night performances: Enjoy a free drink with the cast after the show! Included in ticket price.
Sunday, September 24: Post-show discussion. Join us for a post-show discussion with Dr. David Rainbow from the University of Houston Honors College. Dr. Rainbow share insight into this period of Russian History as well as a contemporary perspective on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. FREE. Even if you are not attending the performance that day, you’re welcome to come. Just plan to arrive at the theater at 5:30pm.
Sunday, October 1: Post-show discussion. Join us for a post-show discussion with Dr. Robert Shimko, Director, University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, and MST Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden for a discussion on how this production came to be! FREE. Even if you are not attending the performance that day, you’re welcome to come. Just plan to arrive at the theater at 5:30pm.