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The Idiot

Save the Date! Special Preview of THE IDIOT 

MAY 23rd : 3pm :  @ Beyond Baroque


The Idiot is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1868 novel which tells the story of Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin who, after a long absence, returns to Russia from Switzerland where he sought treatment for his epilepsy. The story is primarily a tragic tale of the struggle for the love of a woman, Nastasya Filippovna, between Myshkin and Rogozhin, a dark and impassioned man that the Prince meets on the train to St. Petersburg. The Idiot is a classic tale of the conflict between good and evil: on one hand Prince Myshkin represents Dostoyevksy's attempt to portray a Christ-like "positively good man" which is sharply contrasted with not only the dark and roguish character of Rogozhin but also with the nature of Russian classist and divided society depicted in the novel.

Using Dostoevsky’s novel as the starting point, Rosanna Gamson adapts the novel in all its complexity for five actors (each playing a wide variety of characters ), with dolls, puppets, toys, and shadow-casting bringing to new theatrical life the hallucinatory, comic, and tragic story of the holy fool set in the social strata of 19th Century St. Petersburg.

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The creative development and  performance of The Idiot is made possible in part by support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and by the CalArts Research & Practice Fellowship Initiative. 

Later Event: June 18