Arrows & Traps probe Crime & Punishment at the Jack Studio Theatre

Arrows & Traps Theatre returns to the Jack Studio, in South London’s Brockley, with an award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary masterpiece Crime & Punishment.

A tense psychological thriller on the nature of evil, the story is set in the mind of a murderer where he relives and explores the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to a horrific crime.

Direct, haunting and relevant, the play becomes a psychological landscape which creates a thrilling journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. This is an intimate and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition.

This adaptation, from Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus, stars Christina Baston, Stephen MacNeice and Christopher Tester and will be directed by Arrows & Traps artistic director Ross McGregor.

Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov (Tester), an impoverished ex-student who formulates and executes a plan to kill Alyona, an unscrupulous pawnbroker, for her cash.

Raskolnikov, in attempts to defend his actions, argues that with the pawnbroker’s money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a vermin.

He also commits the murder to test a theory of his that dictates some people are naturally capable of such actions, and even have the right to perform them.

Crime and Punishment won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Adaptation and the L.A. Backstage Garland Award for Best New Adaptation.

Marilyn Campbell is a playwright, actor and co-founder of Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois.

Her other full length plays include the award-winning My Own Stranger, based on the writing of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anne Sexton; The Beats, based on the writings of the 1950s beat poets; and The Gospel According To Mark Twain, which premiered at the Edinburgh Festival.

Curt Columbus is a director and writer who has been working in Chicago theatre since 1986, where he premiered his translations of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters in 2004.

Columbus has been an artistic associate at Victory Gardens Theatre since 1990, and is current associate director at Steppenwolf Theatre.

Crime and Punishment runs at the Brockley Jack from February 7-25.

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