The Russian language students of Washington and Lee University will perform Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” on Tuesday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Theater at the Lenfest Center.
Admission is free and the public is invited. Intermittent English commentary will aid non-Russian speakers in understanding the plot.
The play focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg ex-student who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money.
Accomplished playwright and director Anna Rodionova, Russian teaching assistant at W&L, has created a condensed dramatic version of Dostoevsky's famous novel for 24 characters that features the most important scenes from the narrative underscored with modern classical Russian music.