Russian Classic Adapted for Stage by Visiting Croatian Artist

Posted on 10/8/2013 10:42:46 AM

The Brothers 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 Theater.

Dostoyevski’s 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.

Guest 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.

The Brothers KaramazovSršen 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

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

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.


Theater by the Grove

The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

October 17, 2013
October 19, 2013
8:00 a.m.

October 20, 2013
2:00 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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For more information, visit The Brothers Karamazov, e-mail , or call 724-357-2787.