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Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
Joseph Jefferson Award - "Best New Adaptation"

L.A. Backstage Garland Award - "Best New Adaptation"

"In a feat that rivals the construction of the Hoover Dam, Crime and Punishment has been distilled into a taut 90-minute play that will banish any bad memories you might have of trying to struggle through Dostoyevsky's book. Just three actors tell the tale and may have you confessing to some murders yourself by the play's end." —The New York Times

"Stunningly lean, taut and emotionally searing … a work of theatre that never feels like a condensation of a seminal 500-page novel, but rather has the swift, sharp impact of a blow from an ax." —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Who would have thought that the novel no high school student has ever finished reading would make such engrossing theater?" —The New York Times

"Raskolnikov's journey may be, in essence, a 90-minute exercise in logic, but here it's a remarkably absorbing one." —The New York Times

"Only occasionally can the production of a classic make us see the work differently...this adaptation and production remind us how thrilling a classic can be. On opening night you feel the audience holding its breath throughout the performance. Go: it will leave you breathless, too." —AISLE SAY Chicago
Adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus. From the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Cast: 2m., 1w. (Cast can be expanded to 3m., 4w. for amateur productions only.) This new, award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky's literary masterpiece Crime and Punishment is told by three actors playing Raskolnikov (the murderer), Porfiry Petrovitch (the detective), Sonia (the young prostitute) and many other characters in this famous story. This "conversation on the nature of evil" is set in the mind of the murderer where he relives and explores, through the urging of Porfiry and Sonia, the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime. The play becomes a psychological landscape which creates a thrilling journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. Raskolnikov speaks directly to the audience at times, putting his case to them, so that the audience becomes another character in the telling. This is an intimate psychological and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 90 minutes.

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Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  CB8
Cast Size:  3
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  45
Royalty:  $100.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $10.95
Approx. Running Time:  90 min.
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 1583422250
Publication Date: 12/10/2004
Marilyn Campbell is a published playwright, award-winning actress, independent producer, co-founder (with Michael Halberstam) of the Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, Ill., and board member and artistic associate of the 16th Street Theater in Berwyn, Ill. Her co-adaptation with Curt Columbus of Crime and Punishment garnered a 2003 Chicago Joseph Jefferson Award, a 2009 L.A. Backstage Garland Award and a 2009 ...More
Curt Columbus became Trinity Repertory Company's artistic director in January 2006. His directing for the company has included his own translation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, as well as productions of A Christmas Carol, Memory House, Blithe Spirit, The Receptionist and The Secret Rapture. The 2007-2008 season saw the premiere of Columbus' play with music, Paris by Night, and Trinity's ...More
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