Dostoyevsky

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 5f

Fast moving and packed to the brim with dark humor and earthy Russian strangeness, this play takes us on an epic journey through the house of mirrors/funhouse mind of a troubled genius.

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Dostoyevsky

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In this phantasmagoric surreal carnival of a play the great Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky, an impossible person and a compulsive gambler, has signed away the rights to his work to an unscrupulous publisher unless he can finish a novel in less than a month. He has hired Anna, a young girl, to be his secretary, so he can work faster. But he is plagued by terrible nightmares and epileptic seizures, haunted by his near-execution for treason and his years of hard labor in Siberia, his deeply dysfunctional love life with his unfaithful but compelling first wife, his tortured relations with the alluring but exasperating Polina, his violent quarrels with Turgenev and Tolstoy, and the ghost of his murdered father, who is convinced that somebody is trying to steal his soup spoons. Dostoyevsky is both arrogant and servile, compassionate and ruthless, foul tempered and funny, and his life is a terrible train wreck, complete with an appearance by Anna Karenina, as well as the dead Pushkin and Gogol, and a mysterious Double who wears a potato sack on his head. Anna is convinced she is trapped in a room with a lunatic. But gradually she begins to piece together the complex and tragic puzzle that is his life, and to feel, against her own will, fatally drawn to him. Fast moving and packed to the brim with dark humor and earthy Russian strangeness, this play takes us on an epic journey through the house of mirrors/funhouse mind of a troubled genius. Part of Nigro's long cycle of Russian plays that includes Pushkin, Gogol, An Angler In The Lake Of Darkness, A Russian Play, Emotion Memory, Rasputin, Nights at the Stray Dog Café, Marina, Mandelstam, and others. 
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 19th Century
  • Setting: Various locations in Russia and elsewhere. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

5m, 5f
DOSTOYEVSKY
OLD KARAMAZOV/ 1ST DEMON/ ISAYEV
TURGENEV/ 2ND DEMON/ DOUBLE/ POLISH NOBLEMAN
PUSHKIN/ THE DEVIL/ VERGUNOV/ 3RD DEMON
GOGOL/ FET/ VILLAGE IDIOT/ TOLSTOY/ 4TH DEMON
MARYA
POLINA
ANNA
FEDOSYA
GRUSHENKA/ MOTHER/ KARENINA

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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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