Theater transcription by A. Zavyalov and V. Fokin
Performance of People’s Artist of Russia, Laureate of State Awards Valery Fokin
Stage design and costumes of Distinguished Artist of Russia, Laureate of State Awards of Russia Alexander Borovsky
Laureate of the State Award of Russia Alexander Bakshi
Distinguished Artist of Russia Damir Ismagilov
Musical Director/Assistant Director:
Distinguished Artist of Russia Ivan Blagoder
Plastics: Igor Kachayev
Assistant Director: Ludmila FILIPPOVA
The performance is based on one of the most known F. Dostoyevsky’s novels: “The Gambler.” F. Dostoyevsky is one of the authors who Valery Fokin’s creative is inextricably tightened with. In 1968, his diploma performance at the Shchukin School was “Someone Else’s Wife and a Husband under the Bed;” later on, he had not once turned to the “Notes from Underground” and “Bobok;” and his performance “The Double” produced in 2005 is still played on the Alexandrinsky stage. Appearance of F. Dostoyevsky’s name on the Alexandrinsky Theater’s billboards is absolutely logical. The writer’s youth was intertwined with the theater. He had visited the theater frequently; followed creative jobs of the great actors. First nights of performances created after his writings had taken place here: such performances as “Idiot” and “The Gambler” had a stable and well-deserved success. For Valery Fokin, turning to “The Gambler,” one of the most effective and sharp novels by F. Dostoyevsky is not by coincidence. The logic of creativity, the logic of his artistic fate leads this director to implementation of one of the most actual today F. Dostoyevsky’s novels on the Alexandrinsky stage. The theme of gambling, the roulette enslaving a man and making him to betray all the best in himself is the key theme of the entire performance. The ZERO liturgy, a devoted service to the zero, blank, fiction, inevitably leads to decay of a human personality: Dostoyevsky was writing about this in “The Gambler,” one of his most autobiographical compositions; this is exactly what Valery Fokin is contemplating about in his new production.
Ivan Bezborodov, Dmitry ZOTIN, Konstantin KOLESNIKOV, Igor MAMAY, Andrey OGORODNIKOV, Svyatoslav CHERESHNICHENKO, Alexander SHCHERBAKOV
The performance goes for 1 hour 40 minutes without intermission.
The first night is on November 10, 2012
The performance was produced with financial support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia and the Northwest Bank of the Sberbank of Russia.