Moscow New Drama Theatre reshapes Dostoevsky from memoryAutor: Marty Hughley
Source: «Oregon Live», 01/04/2013 г.
The hoariest of questions you can pose to an actor probably is the old standby, “How do you remember all those lines?” It’s just part of the work.
But the actors in the Moscow New Drama Theatre’s “Nastasya Filippovna” have memorized the entirety of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s hefty novel “The Idiot” -- and their play is improvised!
Directed by Viacheslav Dolgachev, the play presents two actors taking the roles of Myshkin and Rogozhin, two major characters from the novel, in the story’s final scene. From there, however, the actors move at will through the wealth of narrative material they’ve amassed and absorbed, creating unpredictable new pathways through the tale, finding different ways to illuminate its themes and characters.
But for the work’s U.S. premiere, being co-presented by Artists Repertory Theatre and the University of Portland, an added twist is in order. The performances will be in Russian, and in order to allow for English subtitles, the text will be pre-determined. Yet the fluid nature of the enterprise still will allow for movement -- and to some degree, meaning -- to remain an open-ended construct.
For the final performance of the six-day run, though, the constraints are removed. That show will be fully improvised, but also will have no subtitles, so Russian-language proficiency might be considered an audience prerequisite.
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