F. M. Dostoyevsky / Diego de Brea

Crime and Punishment

Directed by: Diego de Brea

Opening night: 19. 4. 2009


»Crime and punishment is a story about what I love, what I fear, and what I long for; wherever and whenever I open it, it scares me and completely captivates me, so I feel like a spiritual child of Dostoyevsky, albeit a poor and helpless one. This is a story about the education of the heart, some kind of a passion play with all the fourteen stations and an epilogue – resurrection,” says Diego de Brea.

His own adaptation allowed the director an autonomous (with regard to the novel and the existing adaptations) research of Dostoyevsky’s miraculous universe. Together with an excellent cast they researched the emotional states, the power of fear, anxiety and worries, flight, escape, the pain because of an absent and lost father, the challenging life that brings one beyond the lines of the good and the evil and finally ends miserably in the deepest maze of guilt and suffering. The performance touches the question of re-birth and resurrection, crime as a metaphysical idea, punishment as the demise of the idea and the establishment of doubt. “Punishment means that you take on the suffering and purify yourself through it."

When discussing the eerily beautiful stage incarnation of Visconti's film The Damned, Diego de Brea emphasized the following thought, that is a starting point for all his theatre research: the aim of the theatre is to open the things that are deeply hidden, embalmed or disassociated from self.”

Therefore it is no coincidence that after Queen Margot and Shakespeare’s tragedy Titus Andronicus the director – together with the actors, whom he considers the essence of theatre – this time turns to the master of the polyphonic novel, to the great psychologist and the philosopher of the novel Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky and his novel Crime and punishment.


Matija Vastl - Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov
Sandi Pavlin - Semyon Zakharovitch Marmeladov
Romana Šalehar - Sofya Semyonovna Marmeladova
Olga Grad - Nastasya Petrovna
Olga Kacjan - Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikova
Daša Doberšek - Avdotya Romanovna Raskolnikova
Željko Hrs - Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin
Marinka Štern - Alyona Ivanovna
Boris Kos - Alexander Grigoryevich Zametov
Uroš Maček - Dimitri Prokofitch Razhumikin
Ivan Godnič - Porfiriy Petrovich
Dario Varga - Arkady Ivanovitch Svidrigaïlov
Draga Potočnjak - Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikova
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Fjodor Mihajlovič Dostojevski

Tomaž Toporišič

Music selection and sound design
Silvo Zupančič

Costume designer
Marita Čopo

Language consultant
Mateja Dermelj

Light designer
Diego de Brea

Make-up artist
Barbara Pavlin

Translator of the novel
Marjan Poljanec

Diego de Brea

Diego de Brea

Set designer
Diego de Brea

Stage manager
Janez Pavlovčič

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