Cleveland Play House's Crime and Punishment Opens March 4

News   Cleveland Play House's Crime and Punishment Opens March 4 A stage adaptation of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, starring Emmy nominee Paul Anthony Stewart, officially opens at the Cleveland Play House March 4.

Stewart — who recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof and received an Emmy nomination for his work on "Guiding Light" — stars as Raskolnikov with Lethia Hall as Sonia and Patrick Husted as Porfiry. The 90-minute adaptation was penned by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus.

Anders Cato directs production, which began performances Feb. 27 and will run through March 22 in the Drury Theatre.

Cleveland Play House press notes describe Crime and Punishment as "a startlingly complex examination of man's capacity for cruelty and the redemptive power of goodness. In this electrifying 90-minute adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's masterpiece audiences enter the tortured world of Raskolnikov, one of the most fascinating figures in all of literature. What has he done? Why has he done it? And of what are any of us capable? These haunting questions are intricately woven into a stark, bracing and stunningly theatrical production that takes the audience on a heart-racing journey into the mind of a criminal."

Designing the production are Lee Savage (scenic design), Olivera Gajic (costume design), Jeff Davis (lighting design) and James C. Swonger (sound design).

Tickets are available by visiting clevelandplayhouse.com or by phoning (216) 795-7000. *

Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House has presented the world premieres of Randal Myler's It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Michele Lowe's The Smell of the Kill, Eric Coble's Bright Ideas and Seth Greenland's Jerusalem.

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