The Brothers Karamazov
This isn't the first time Grigory Kozlov turns to Fyodor Dostoyevsky's legacy. His previous productions - his legendary Crime and Punishment and Poor Folk chamber piece at the Theatre of Young Spectators, along with The Idiot. The Return (which was how the St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre started) – became important milestones in the Masterskaya's history.
The Brothers Karamazov takes placed in the provincial town of Skotoprigonievsk, whose measured existence is thrown into upheaval by the murder of Fyodor Pavlovich, patriarch of the Karamazov family. All the clues point to his son, Dmitri, who it seems committed the murder to steal three thousand rubles.
Laureate of the St. Petersburg Teatral Audience Society "for its fresh, profound and multifaceted reading of a Russian classic."
But this isn't a story about a squabble over inheritance. It's not a mystery novel, in which no questions remain once the accused has been read his sentence. All of the characters' actions are seen through their relationship to their faith. The immortality of the soul is the topic of their arguments and their lives become the strongest confirmation of their beliefs.
Director – Grigory Kozlov
Production Designer – Mikhail Barkhin
Light Designer – Dmitri Albul
Musical Selection – Grigory Uglov, Vyacheslav Shulin
Stage Managers – Alyona Parshina, Svetlana Povalyaeva
Dmitri Fyodorovich Karamaozov, Fyodor Pavlovich's eldest son – Andrei Aladin
Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov, Fyodor Pavlovich's youngest son – Fyodor Klimov
Pyotr Ilyich Perkhotin – Dmitri Zhitkov
Maximov – Ivan Grigoriev
Kolganov – Andrei Emelyanov
Prosecutor – Dmitri Zhitkov
Advocate – Igor Klychkov
Ensemble – Andrei Didik (guitar, double bass), Ulyana Luchkina (violin), Evgeni Semin (accordion)
The production uses the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Dmitri Shostakovich and Alfred Schnittke, as well as works by Grigory Uglov and Andrei Didik.
Premiered 25 January 2015.
Duration: 5 hours with two intervals.