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The Brothers Karamazov

Anthony Clarvoe, based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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This literary masterpiece by one of the world’s greatest authors is brought to vibrant life in this new adaptation. Four estranged brothers unexpectedly come together in their father’s village, knowing that one intends to commit a terrible crime, but not knowing which of them will do it. Every fact, every motive, every belief about human nature, faith and redemption are questioned in this dynamic quest for truth.

Production Info

Cast: 10 total (3 female, 7 male)
Full Length Drama (about 140 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“Anthony Clarvoe’s adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov is a grand achievement, a reminder of how good theater can be. This excellent show satisfies and impresses in equal measure.” —Terry Morgan, Variety

“THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV has been my steady companion since opening night. It’s a dazzling, existential whodunit about patricide, the existence of God and the anatomy of human nature. Clarvoe is among contemporary American dramatists pioneering a different path along common ground, that uses American experience, language that is both rich and familiar, behavior that is both complex and identifiable, to find a non-threatening yet provocative and challenging way into the classics.” —Jackie Demaline, The Cincinnati Enquirer

“Clarvoe’s carefully wrought play is richly layered, with bold comedic touches leavening the serious themes. THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV addresses the mind, the spirit and the funny bone, and will not quickly be forgotten.” —Patricia Corrigan, St Louis Post-Dispatch

“Clarvoe’s ability to take moments of the past and make them highly magnified, slightly unfocused and yet strangely rational views of today, has been shown before; his plays THE LIVING and SHOW AND TELL had successful productions …” —Joe Pollack, Variety

About the Author


  • Anthony Clarvoe

    Anthony Clarvoe’s plays PICK UP AX, SHOW AND TELL, THE LIVING, LET’S PLAY TWO, THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, AMBITION FACING WEST, WALKING OFF THE ROOF, CTRL+ALT+DELETE, THE ART OF SACRIFICE, GUNPOWDER JOE, and PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE and his translations of Henrik Ibsen’s GHOSTS and THE WILD DUCK are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. He has received American Theatre Critics, Will Glickman, Bay Area Theatre Critics, Los Angeles Drama Critics, Garland, Elliot Norton, and Edgerton New American Play awards; fellowships from the Guggenheim, Irvine, Jerome, and McKnight Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, Theater Communications Group/Pew Charitable Trusts, and Kennedy Center; commissions from South Coast Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and Playwrights Horizons; the Berrilla Kerr Award for his contributions to American theater; and many others. He teaches dramatic literature at OLLI@UC Berkeley and playwriting in Oakland, CA. A native San Franciscan and long-time resident of New York City and the Midwest, he lives with his family in Berkeley, CA.

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Born November 11, 1821, to parents Mikhail and Maria, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was the second of seven children. His mother died of an illness in 1837, and his father died two years later, reportedly murdered by his own serfs. Shortly after his mother's death Dostoyevsky was enrolled at the Military Engineering Academy at St. Petersburg, which served as a recruiting pool for the Russian bureaucracy. However, even as he was studying the trade of government, he was honing his skills as a writer, inking drafts of what would become his first novel, Poor Folk, which was published in 1846 to warm critical response. Dostoyevsky was arrested and imprisoned in 1849 for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group, the Petrashevsky Circle, and on November 16 that year he was sentenced to death. After a mock execution in which he faced a staged firing squad, Dostoyevsky's sentence was commuted to a number of years of exile performing hard labor at a katorga prison camp in Omsk, Siberia. He was released from prison in 1854, and was required to serve another four years in the Siberian Regiment. This was a turning point in the author's life. Dostoyevsky abandoned his earlier radical sentiments and became deeply conservative and extremely religious. Released from his imprisonment and service by 1858, he began a fourteen-year period of furious writing, in which he published many significant texts. Among these are: The House of the Dead (1862), Notes from the Underground (1864), Crime and Punishment (1866), The Idiot (1868), and Devils (1871). In 1860, he returned to St. Petersburg, where he ran a series of unsuccessful literary journals with his older brother Mikhail. Dostoyevsky was devastated by his first wife's death in 1864, followed shortly thereafter by his brother's death. On February 15, 1867, Dostoyevsky married his stenographer, Anna Grigorevna Snitkina, who would manage his affairs until his death in 1881. Two months before he died, Dostoyevsky completed the epilogue to The Brothers Karamazov (1880), which was published in serial form in the "Russian Messenger." He died on February 9, 1881.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/10/1997
Pages 110
ISBN 9780881456950

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Repertory Theater of Saint Louis

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Brothers Karamazov is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC