Karamazov will be presented by Theater-by-the-Grove on October 17–18, 2013, at 8:00 p.m., with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on
Sunday, October 20. The classic by Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevski is adapted
and directed by Matko Sršen and will be performed in the Waller Hall Studio
story concerns, as he ironically titles his first chapter, “a nice little
family” comprising of scheming and buffoonish Fyodor Karamazov, his three
conflicted and neglected sons—Dmitry, Ivan, and Alyosha—and the cunning
illegitimate son Smerdyakov. The sons in particular suffer greatly through
emotional conflicts of love, faith, and doubt, ultimately leading to murder.
artist Sršen, who directed Theater-by-the-Grove’s production of Philoctetes for the 2006–2007 season, has
returned to IUP to direct a student cast in his own adaptation of the 1880 novel.
Retaining Dostoyevski’s philosophical concerns regarding ethics, free will, religion,
and reason, Sršen has fashioned a vibrant and robust theater piece featuring
live choral music performed by the cast as well as choreography by IUP dance
professor Joan Van Dyke.
Sršen is a Croatian playwright, poet, and author whose
work has been performed in his native country and worldwide. He is also the
author of a book for young adults, Odohohol
and Cally Rascal, considered “a Balkan contemporary to Harry Potter.” Assisting
Sršen in directing is Michael Schwartz, an assistant professor in the Department
of Theater and Dance.
Tickets for The
Brothers Karamazov are available at the Hadley Union Building, located on
Pratt Drive of the IUP campus. Tickets may also be purchased with a credit card,
Monday through Thursday, by calling the HUB Box Office at 724-357-1313 or
online at IUPTickets.com.
Seats remaining will be sold
at the door starting 45 minutes before each performance. Tickets are priced at
$14 for regular admission, $12 for senior citizens and groups of fifteen or
more, and $9 with a university I-card. Seating is limited.
For more information, contact The Lively Arts at
724-357-2547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of
Theater and Dance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP
Student Cooperative Association.
October 17, 2013–October 19, 20138:00 a.m.
October 20, 20132:00 p.m.Waller Hall Studio, IUP Performing Arts Center
Using a small cast of 10 players, The Brothers Karamazov combines language, movement, and acapella chants and prayers from Orthodox and Catholic sources to weave a mystic examination of faith and doubt.
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