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Arden Theatre Company presents Crime and Punishment
PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE • October 12 - December 10, 2006 • Please note new show dates! Already extended by popular demand! • By Fyodor Dostoevsky • Adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus • Directed by Aaron Posner • On the Arcadia Stage

October 2, 2006

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company will present the Philadelphia premiere of Crime and Punishment, adapted from the timeless Russian masterpiece by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Crime and Punishment has already been extended due to popular demand and will run from October 12 to December 10, 2006. Join Arden Theatre Company for this riveting performance at our theatre, located at 40 N. 2nd Street in the heart of vibrant, historic Old City Philadelphia. Tickets can be obtained by calling 215-922-1122 or visiting www.ardentheatre.org.

Why are we endlessly fascinated by the dark recesses of the human soul? Before Law & Order, there was Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky's classic, celebrated tale of motive and murder, perhaps the greatest and most insightful crime story ever written. This 90-minute, three-actor electrifying adaptation will keep you on the edge of your seat! The play's premiere earned Chicago's prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Adaptation in 2002/2003 and was acclaimed by the Chicago Sun-Times as "stunningly lean, taut and emotionally searing."

On the Arden's intimate Arcadia Stage, 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 Arden Theatre Company's bracing and stunningly theatrical production, directed by Arden Theatre Company's award-winning Resident Director and co-founder, Aaron Posner. Three actors portray all the major roles throughout this psychological, philosophical, and spiritual whodunit, taking the audience on a heart-racing journey into the mind of a criminal.

Says director Aaron Posner, "I wanted to direct this show from the moment I read it. The adaptation is an inquiry and an exploration of questions of faith, morality and personal responsibility." At the Arden, Aaron has directed more than 40 productions over the last 18 years including nine of his original adaptations from literature. He also has directed nationally at The Folger Shakespeare Theatre (where he received a Helen Hayes Award for his direction of The Two Gentlemen Of Verona), Seattle Repertory Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, and many others. He won a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play for his 1998 adaptation of Chaim Potok's The Chosen at the Arden, and one for direction for A Midsummer Night's Dream, also at the Arden. Recently, Aaron was named the new Artistic Director of Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Starring in Crime and Punishment are Cody Nickell, Christopher Donahue and Julianna Zinkel. Both Cody and Christopher are making their Arden debut performances.

  • Aaron recruited Los Angeles-based actor Cody Nickell, whom he recently directed in As You Like It at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, to star as Raskolnikov. At Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Cody has also been seen in King Lear, Taming of the Shrew and The Tamer Tamed. He starred in Outrage (Portland Center Stage, The Wilma), Mary's Wedding (U.S. premiere, San Jose Rep), The Playboy of the Western World (Playmaker's Rep), and Visiting Mr. Green (Stamford Theatre Works), for which he won the Connecticut Critics Best Actor Award.

  • Also making his Arden debut is Christopher Donahue of Princeton, N.J., starring as Porfiry. Christopher is primarily known for his work in many productions by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman, including Metamorphoses, The Arabian Nights, The Odyssey, The Secret in the Wings, Ahknaten and Silk. He received an OBIE award for his performance as The Creature in Neal Bell's Monster at Classic Stage Company in NYC.

  • Starring as Sonia is Julianna Zinkel, a resident of South Philadelphia seen at the Arden in The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and As You Like It. She has also appeared at People's Light & Theatre Company and Wilma Theater.

Crime and Punishment has transformed the intimate Arcadia Stage into a striking set marked by slanted doors and off-kilter beams (there are no right angles in the entire set design) plus shadowy mesh screens. The set divides the stage into three spaces in which the fast-paced drama unfolds. Scenic Designer Daniel Conway (Franklin's Apprentice, The Pavilion) has worked extensively Off-Broadway and in the regional theatre and is the recipient of the 2000 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Set Design. Lighting Designer James Leitner is marking his 17th Arden production, which most recently include Café Puttanesca, The Underpants and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Sound Designer Kevin Francis (The Arabian Nights, All My Sons) has worked extensively in the Philadelphia theatre community and is a three-time Barrymore Award nominee. Costume Designer (and former Arden Professional Apprentice) Charlotte Cloe Fox Wind, a Barrymore Award nominee this year for the prestigious F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theatre Artist, teaches costume design at the University of Pennsylvania and has designed for several area theatres.

Crime and Punishment is an acclaimed novel written by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881). First published in a journal named The Russian Messenger, it appeared in twelve monthly installments in 1866 and was later published as a novel. The book is considered one of the best-known and most influential Russian novels of all time. Dostoevsky's psychological penetration into the human soul has profoundly influenced 20th century literature. His other texts include The House of the Dead (1862), Notes from the Underground (1864), The Idiot (1868), The Devils (1871) and The Brothers Karamazov (1880).

Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus won Chicago's 2003 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Adaptation for their adaptation of Crime and Punishment. Campbell is an award winning actress, published playwright, producer, teacher and co-founder and artistic associate of the Writers' Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois. Curt Columbus joined Trinity Rep as artistic director in January 2006 after serving as the associate artistic director of Steppenwolf Theater Company from 2000-2005, where his translations of The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya were presented in the Upstairs Theatre. Curt has also been director of University Theater at the University of Chicago.

Crime and Punishment previews begin on Thursday, October 12, 2006. Preview performances run October 12 to 17. Opening night is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, and the show has been extended due to popular demand through December 10, 2006. Single ticket prices to Arden Theatre Company's mainstage shows are $27-45, with discounts available for seniors, students, military and educators. Groups of 10+ enjoy significant discounts; please inquire about group rates. Subscriptions for the 2006/07 season are now available. Subscribers enjoy significant savings on tickets, the best choice of seats and a liberal ticket exchange policy. Subscriptions range in price from $69 - $195. Call the Arden Box Office at 215-922-1122, order online at www.ardentheatre.org or visit the box office.

The Arden is accessible to people with disabilities, providing wheelchair accessibility, assisted listening devices and large print programs at every performance. Accessible seating is available by reservation. For more information, call the Arden Box Office at 215-922-1122.

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
40 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

WHEN:
October 12 - December 10, 2006 (extended due to popular demand!)
Previews run October 12-17
Opening Night (sold out): 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 18

REVIEWING PRESS: Will receive invitations to the opening night performance 7pm Wednesday, October 18.

Other members of the press: Are invited to see the show by scheduling tickets through Karen Gross, Public Relations Associate, 215-922-8900 x49 or kgross@ardentheatre.org

WHO:
A Novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Adapted by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus
Directed by Aaron Posner

Assistant Director: Anneliese Van Arsdale
Scenic Design: Daniel Conway
Costume Design: Charlotte Cloe Fox Wind
Lighting Design: James Leitner
Sound Design: Kevin Francis
Sound Operator: Mark Valenzuela
Stage Manager: Patricia G. Sabato

Cast
Raskolnikov: Cody Nickell (resident of Los Angeles, CA)
Porfiry and others: Christopher Donahue (resident of Princeton, NJ)
Sonia and others: Julianna Zinkel (resident of South Philadelphia)

SPECIAL EVENTS:

The Pay What You Can benefit performance of Crime and Punishment will take place at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 11. Suggested donation is $20 and all proceeds will be donated to Aid For Friends (www.aidforfriends.org), the interfaith charity that provides "food and friendship" to needy and isolated shut-ins, primarily the frail elderly, throughout Greater Philadelphia.

The Young Professionals Circle will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 13 before the 8 p.m. preview of Crime and Punishment. Co-hosted by Arden Theatre Company and Social Philly, the festive Young Professionals Circle pre-show party features cocktails and delectable hors d'oeuvres, plus a chance to meet and mingle with other Philadelphia professionals. Cost is $35 per person (plus a $4.50 handling fee) which includes the pre-show party and admission to the performance. This is an RSVP ONLY event -- Ticket purchases must be made by calling Karen Gross, Public Relations Associate at Arden Theatre Company, 215-922-8900 x49.

As part of Arden Theatre Company's 2006/07 SALON Series, the Arden will present From Page to Stage - Bringing a Novel Character to Life for Crime and Punishment from 6 to 7:30pm Monday, November 27. The actors in Dostoevsky's tense, vigorous and psychological exploration of murder and redemption have their work cut out for them. How do they create - and recreate on a daily basis - a world of such dizzying emotional extremity? All three cast members reveal their triumphs and challenges. SALONS provide an interactive, informal and entertaining opportunity for up-close-and-personal dialogue between the public and the region's premier theatre professionals. Held at Arden Theatre Company, SALONS are $25 each, three for $70 or four for $80, or $10 tickets to students with valid ID. Ticket price includes refreshments. Space is limited; reservations are encouraged by calling the Arden box office at 215.922.1122.

The Arden's must-see 19th season promises to arouse, provoke, illuminate and inspire our audiences as we continue our mission of bringing to life the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all time. The 2006/07 season features ALL PHILADELPHIA PREMIERE productions: A Prayer for Owen Meany (Sept 14- Oct 15); Crime and Punishment (Oct 12 - Dec 10); Arden Children's Theatre production of The BFG (Nov 29 - Jan 21); Dex and Julie Sittin' in a Tree (Jan 11- Mar 4); Caroline, or Change (Mar 8 - Apr 8); Arden Children's Theatre production of Ferdinand the Bull (Apr 11 - May 13); and Lookingglass Theatre Company's Lookingglass Alice (May 10 - June 10). Join us at our award-winning theatre in the heart of vibrant, historic Old City Philadelphia, and you'll understand why Arden Theatre Company has earned six Philadelphia magazine "Best of Philly" Awards, four "Theatre Company of the Year" citations from The Philadelphia Inquirer and four Philadelphia City Paper Reader's Choice Awards. Visit www.ardentheatre.org.

PRESS PHOTOS AVAILABLE: CONTACT KAREN GROSS, 215-922-8900 X49, kgross@ardentheatre.org


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