Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor M. Dostoevsky
“Trifles, trifles matter! Why, it’s just such trifles that always ruin everything…”
The talented but penniless law student Raskolnikov has developed a theory according to which exceptional people should be allowed to commit crimes under the auspices of progress. As he considers himself to be such an extraordinary human being, he thinks himself completely justified in murdering the greedy pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna. More by accident than by design he manages to commit the perfect crime – the police can find no evidence against him. But Raskolnikov feels overwhelmed and begins to doubt whether he was really destined for such extraordinary deeds.
Dostoevsky’s gloomy masterpiece is considered one of the best crime stories of all time. After Karin Henkel brought the first part to the stage of the MalerSaal last season as a chorus of thoughts in the mind of the perpetrator, the whole novel can now be experienced with its complex intertwining of law, justice and personal guilt.
Photos © Klaus Lefebvre
Directed by Karin Henkel Set Design: Thilo Reuther Costume Design: Nina von Mechow Music: Alain Croubalian Lighting Design: Susanne Ressin Dramaturgy: Christian Tschirner