Iowa New Play Festival 2023 Fathers and Sons by Valerie Muensterman directed by Meg Mechelke

Fathers and Sons

May 04, 2023
Valerie Muensterman
Directed by: 
Meg Mechelke
David Thayer Theatre


Recent graduate Arkady Kirsanov returns home to his father’s house in the country. With him is his enigmatic friend, Eugene Bazarov, a nihilist YouTuber. Arkady’s father is shocked to learn his son shares his outlook on life: he rejects art, nature, romanticism of any kind. But practice is messier than theory. The appearance of intelligent Anna Odintsova tests the friends’ convictions. Arkady tries to woo her; however, she takes an interest in Bazarov, who is soon disgusted to realize he has fallen in love.

Please be advised this play contains adult language, depictions of violence and gun violence, and haze. There will be firearms present on stage and there will be two gunshot sound effects played during Act II.

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Cast of Fathers and Sons

Role Name
Eugene Bazarov Luis Avalos*
Arkady Kirsanov Charlie Duffy*
Nikolai Kirsanov Johan Avila*
Fenichka Nikolayevna Jennifer Hogan*
Pavel Kirsanov Jasper Rood
Viktor Sitnikov Charlie Schmelzer*
Anna Odintsov Holland Larned*
Katya Odintsov Laurel Preston*
Vassily Bazarov James Gulden
Arina Bazarov Bella Hohenadel*
Voice on the Radio Alice Webster*
Gene Ilie Shirin

Creative Team of Fathers and Sons

Title Name
Playwright Valerie Muensterman
Director Meg Mechelke
Fight Director Paul Kalina
Intimacy Director Owen Brightman
Scenic Designer & Props Artisan  Chloe Cobb
Costume Designer Abigail Paul*
Lighting Designer Jeffrey Oakley
Sound Designer Tyler Salow
Stage Manager Dorothy Craven*
Dramaturg Rob Silverman Ascher
Assistant Stage Manager Chloe Ancell*
Assistant Dramaturg Madeline Rodriguez*

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Production Photos

Courtesy of R. Eric Stone