American Players Theatre's "Crime & Punishment" Theater and Dance Dostoyevsky adaptation, 7:30 pm on 6/23, 3 pm on 6/25 and 6 pm, 6/26, American Players Theatre, Spring Green. $70-$40. www.playinthewoods.org or 588-2361
Crime and Punishment
Written by Marilyn Campbell & Curt Columbus
From the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Directed by Kenneth Albers
Opening Night: Sunday, June 26; continues through October 26
The people of St. Petersburg are poor - starving and doing whatever they can to survive. Ex-student and amateur philosopher Raskolnikov is no different. Or at least he appears no different on the surface. When a gruesome axe murder occurs in his neighborhood, an essay that Raskolnikov once wrote theorizing that certain types of people have the inborn right to murder if it serves the greater good falls into the hands of detective Porifry. And as evidence begins to pile up against Raskolvikov, the question arises: is he himself the appropriate ‘type' to get away with murder?
Adapted and pared down for the stage, Crime and Punishment asks the big questions and shows the answers can be hard to come by. Just the sort of story that never loses its relevance or its impact.
Kenneth Albers - who starred in last year's Exits and Entrances and also directed Waiting for Godot - will direct. Featuring Matt Schwader as Raskolnikov, James Ridge as Porfiry and Colleen Madden as Sonia.
APT's spectacular outdoor amphitheater will play host to five classic works: William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Tempest", Noël Coward's comic masterpiece "Blithe Spirit", Richard Brinsley Sheridan's hilarious Restoration comedy "The Critic" and the American classic "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. The plays in the intimate, indoor Touchstone Theatre are: Tennessee Williams' masterpiece "The Glass Menagerie", "Crime and Punishment," an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel written by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus and "The Cure at Troy: a Version of Sophocles' Philoctetes" by Seamus Heaney.
Tickets are now on sale at 608-588-2361 or online at www.americanplayers.org.