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Crime and Punishment, A Comedy

July 15 - August 20

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Photo Credits

(from left) Juliet Brett, Orville Mendoza, Nik Walker, Vincent Randazzo, and Stephanie Gibson in The Old Globe’s production of Crime and Punishment, A Comedy. Photo by Jim Cox.

Crime and Punishment, A Comedy

Summary

July 15 – August 20, 2023

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Globe-commissioned world premiere
By Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen
Directed by Gordon Greenberg

Dostoevsky’s turn-of-the-century masterpiece is reimagined as a 90-minute romp of a morality tale, performed by five ridiculously talented actors who play over 50 zany characters, riffing on the famous novel—and all of Russian literature. The brilliant comic team of Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen (Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show) brings to 1860s Russia the same whacked-out sensibility they gave to Dickens in this world-premiere, Globe-commissioned comedy. This classic story follows Raskolnikov, an impoverished student who becomes a murderer in order to save his family. Based on the book you didn’t actually read in high school, this is literature retold like you’ve never seen it before.

Crime and Punishment, A Comedy contains mild language, discussion of violence, and herbal cocoa shell cigarettes. There are brief moments of strobe lighting and loud noise.

Total running time: One hour and 30 minutes (one act with no intermission).

Digital Program

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Crime and Punishment, A Comedy is supported by major production sponsors Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander, Paula and Brian Powers, and Vicki and Carl Zeiger; production sponsors Carol and George Lattimer, Jean and Gary Shekhter, Pamela J. Wagner and Hans Tegebo; and artist sponsor Leonard Hirsch (for co-playwright and director Gordon Greenberg).

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Post Show Forum: Tuesday, July 25; Tuesday, August 1; and Wednesday, August 9.

Reviews

“A lighthearted, high-energy, and zany comedy. You don’t need to know the book or history to get the joke.” —BroadwayWorld

“More fun than reading the book! Crime and Punishment finds unexpected humor in Russian tragedy.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“A gem of a satire! There likely isn’t a more entertaining 90 minutes on display on any stage in southern California.” —Stage and Cinema

Cast and Creatives

Cast

Creatives

Gordon Greenberg (Co-Writer, Director) The Old Globe: Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Working. Selected work: Picasso starring Antonio Banderas (director; co-writer with Stephen Schwartz and Caridad Svich; Trafalgar Entertainment), “Most Talkative” (co-creator; NBCUniversal TV/Andy Cohen/Blumhouse), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Geffen Playhouse; LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Revival), Guys and Dolls starring Rebel Wilson (Savoy Theatre, London; six Olivier Award noms), Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory, London), Piaf/Dietrich (Mirvish, Toronto; Dora Award for Outstanding Production), Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors (director; co-writer with Steve Rosen; upcoming at New World Stages), Holiday Inn (director, co-writer; Broadway, PBS’s “Great Performances”); new works at Ars Nova, Williamstown, Huntington, Paper Mill, Signature, Goodspeed, Chicago Shakes, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Asolo, NY Stage and Film. Education: Stanford, NYU Film, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Steve Rosen (Co-Writer) The Old Globe: Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show. Additional co-writing/composing credits: The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation (co-book, music, lyrics); The Other Josh Cohen (co-book, music, lyrics); The Secret of My Success (co-book); Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors; the podcast “Rolling Calls” (Broadway Podcast Network), the acclaimed Off Broadway variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job. Award nominations: five Drama Desks, two Lucille Lortel Awards, an Off-Broadway Alliance Award, a Joseph Jefferson Award. Education: NYU/Tisch. He is also an actor. @stevierosen.

Wilson Chin (Scenic Design) The Old Globe: 12th show; favorites include The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, The Winter’s Tale, Anna Christie (Craig Noel Award nomination).Broadway: Cost of Living, Pass Over (Drama Desk, Lortel Award nominations), Next Fall. Off Broadway: A Bright New Boise (Signature), The Thanksgiving Play (Playwrights Horizons),Space Dogs (MCC; Lortel Award nomination), Teenage Dick (Ma-Yi/Public),This Land Was Made (Vineyard). Opera: Turandot (Washington National Opera), Lucia di Lammermoor (Lyric Opera of Chicago), Eine Florentinische Tragödie/Gianni Schicchi (Canadian Opera; Dora Award). Film/television: Pass Over directed by Spike Lee, “Game Theory with Bomani Jones” (HBO). Other Eastern Region Board member of Local USA 829. @wilsonchindesign on Instagram.

Alejo Vietti (Costume Design) The Old Globe: Lost in Yonkers, Engaging Shaw, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound, Allegiance, Familiar, The Underpants. Broadway: Allegiance (Drama Desk nomination), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (West End, Japan, Australia, U.K. tour, U.S. national tour; Olivier nomination), Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Selected Off Broadway: Titanique (Lucille Lortel Award), Amy and the Orphans (Roundabout), Storefront Church (Atlantic), Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Nightingale (MTC). Others: Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Kennedy Center, City Center’s Encores!, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Minnesota Opera,Donesk Opera (Ukraine), Colorado Ballet. Tours: Hunchback of Notre Dame (Japan, Germany, Austria), West Side Story (world tour), Barnum & Bailey Circus. Honors: 2010 TDF/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award. @alejo_vietti_costume_design on Instagram.

Amanda Zieve (Lighting Design) The Old Globe: Dial M for Murder, Hair, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, Rich Girl. Other theatre: Off Broadway, Goodspeed, La Jolla Playhouse, Signature Theatre, Goodman, Alliance Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, TheatreWorks, Music Theater Heritage, San Diego Symphony, Cygnet Theatre. Broadway: 19 productions; associate on Escape to Margaritaville, Bright Star, Allegiance; assistant on Hamilton. Education: B.A. in Theatre from CSU Northridge. amandazieve.com.

Lindsay Jones (Original Music and Sound Design) Broadway: Slave Play (Tony nominations for Best Original Score, Best Sound Design of a Play), The Nap, Bronx Bombers, A Time to Kill. Off Broadway: Privacy (Public Theater), Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Feeding the Dragon (Primary Stages), others. Regional: The Old Globe, Guthrie, Center Stage, ACT, Hartford Stage, Alliance, Goodman, Arena, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, others. International: Stratford Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England), others. Audio dramas: Marvel, Audible, Next Chapter Podcasts, award-winning “The Imagine Neighborhood.” Film/television scoring: HBO’s A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Short Subjects). Other: Co-Chair of Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA). lindsayjones.com.

Calleri Jensen Davis (Casting) (James Calleri, Erica Jensen, and Paul Davis) Recent Broadway: Topdog/Underdog, The Piano Lesson, For Colored Girls..., Thoughts of a Colored Man, Burn This, Fool for Love, Venus in Fur, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Elephant Man, Of Mice and Men, 33 Variations, A Raisin in the Sun, Chicago, James Joyce’s The Dead. Selected television credits: “Love Life,” “Dickinson,” “The Path,” “Lipstick Jungle.” Selected film: Love Is Blind, I Origins, Another Earth, Heights, Refuge, Peter and Vandy.

Marie Jahelka (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: The XIXth, The Taming of the Shrew, Shutter Sisters, The Underpants, Native Gardens, The Wanderers, Red Velvet. Regional: The Inheritance (Geffen Playhouse), Once on This Island (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Put Your House in Order, Hollywood, Ether Dome (La Jolla Playhouse), A Chorus Line (Moonlight Stage Productions), The Humans, Aubergine, Evita, Violet (San Diego Repertory Theatre), The Last Five Years, HIR, Shakespeare’s R&J, Mistakes Were Made (Cygnet Theatre Company), Hairspray, The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre). Education: B.A. in Theatre Arts from University of San Diego.

Kendra Stockton (Stage Management Swing) The Old Globe: The XIXth, Come Fall in Love, The Taming of the Shrew, Trouble in Mind, Hair, Almost Famous, As You Like It, The Gods of Comedy, Familiar, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, Much Ado About Nothing, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (as production assistant). Regional: House of Joy (San Diego Rep), Home of the Brave, #SuperShinySara, Guards at the Taj, The Orphan of Zhao, The Who & The What (La Jolla Playhouse), The Loneliest Girl in the World (Diversionary Theatre), miXtape (Lamb’s Players Theatre), White Christmas (San Diego Musical Theatre).