For years, actor and director Roger Rees has loved Ivan Turgenev's second novel, even though it never was all that popular outside of Russia. One issue? An awkward title that translates, at best, as "Home of the Gentry."
L-R: Roger Rees (photo by Tom Bloom), image from a promo poster, and Crispin Whittell (photo by Mike Habermann)
So when Rees teamed up with playwright Crispen Whittell to adapt the novel, they knew they needed a new title. Enter Shakespeare, and The Primrose Path.
"It is there in the 'Scottish Play' and Hamlet. It's about attractive ideas that very often lead to misery. It is a very apt title for the play. Things that look fancy may not be so good. If you eat a big piece of cake, you'll get fat," Rees says.