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IUP to present Russian classic 'Brothers Karamazov'

on October 09, 2013 10:50 AM

Theater-by-the-Grove, produced by the theater and dance departments at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will present “The Brothers Karamazov” Oct. 17, 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 20 at 2 p.m.

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 Smerdy-akov.

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.

Sršen 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 & 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. Seating is limited.

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