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Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot

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The Idiot Photos by Camyar Chai and Stephen Drover, Featuring Tom Pickett, Kevin Macdonald and Kuei-Ming Lin.

Neworld Theatre/Vancouver Moving Theatre (Vancouver, Canada)
Presented by the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival and Theatre at UBC

January 20-29, 2012 7:30pm
Preview Jan 19, Opening Jan 20.
Matinee Sat & Sun 2:00pm
. No show Sun night or Mon.
Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Road, UBC.
Post-Show Talkback Jan 22 Matinee, led by Kevin Bennett


PREMIERE In a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, is a sanatorium the only place for a saint?

The award-winning team that premiered Crime and Punishment at the 2005 PuSh Festival returns with a musical adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s feverishly comic and haunting social critique, The Idiot. Prince Lyov Nikolayevich Myshkin is a man who is entirely and completely good. After four years of convalescing in Switzerland, Myshkin returns to Russia almost cured of epilepsy and the “idiocy” it created in him. On the train ride home he becomes enamored with Rogozhin, who himself is obsessed with Nastasya Filippovna, a beautiful woman with an unfortunate reputation.

Scorned by the society of St. Petersburg for his generosity and innocence, Myshkin finds himself at the centre of a struggle fueled by love, jealousy and greed. In the end it is his very goodness that precipiates disaster, and ultimately, his own collapse.

>>…so successfully translated from page to stage that this wholly local production deserves an international spotlight. All in all it’s an experience that’s not to be missed<< Vancouver Sun, praise for Crime and Punishment.

Neworld Theatre uses popular forms to examine our lives in the context of who counts, who doesn’t and what our relationship is to the people we may think we aren’t. Vancouver Moving Theatre celebrates the power of the human spirit, focuses on interdisciplinary arts, produces arts based community projects in their home community of the Downtown Eastside.


Tickets Advance $34 /$30 /$28; at door $36 /$32 /$30
Theatre at UBC
ubctheatre.universitytickets.com | 604.822.2678
Eligible for PuSh Pass access
2 for 1 tickets available for January 19 Preview and Matinees on Jan 21 & 22.


Playwright, Director James Fagan Tait
Composer, Musical Director Joelysa Pankanea
Costume Designer Mara Gottler
Set Designer Bryan Pollock
Lighting Designer Itai Erdal
Technical Director John Reilley
Production Manager Rachel Peake
Stage Manager Dorothy Jenkins
Assistant Stage Manager Susan Miyagishima
Assistant Director Chelsea Haberlin
Downtown Eastside Manager Terry Hunter
Movement Consultant Savannah Walling
Producer Kirsty Munro
Associate Producers Terry Hunter, Savannah Walling
The Ensemble David Adams, Patti Allan, Cherise Clarke, Kerry Davidson, Luke Day, Craig Erickson,  Kevin MacDonald, Andrew McNee, Richard Newman, Kuei-Ming Lin, Stephen Lytton, Tom Pickett, Mike Richter, Savannah Walling, Adrienne Wong and introducing Theatre at UBC BFA Acting students.
Musicians Joelysa Pankanea, Marimba | Mark Haney, Bass | Molly Mackinnon, Violin

Running Time 210min

Produced by Neworld Theatre in partnership with Vancouver Moving Theatre

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council Innovations Program, and City of Vancouver Cultural Services. Commissioned by Arts Partners in Creative Development and the PuSh Festival.