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Crime and Punishment, A Comedy

July 15 – August 13, 2023
(Opening night: Thursday, July 20)

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

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

Dostoyevsky’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 is supported by major production sponsors Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander and production sponsors Carol and George Lattimer and Jean and Gary Shekhter.

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.

Cast and Creatives


Gordon Greenberg (Co-Writer, Director) The Old Globe: Working, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show. Selected Directing work: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf starring Calista Flockhart and Zachary Quinto (Geffen Playhouse), the Tony nominated Broadway musical adaptation of Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn for Universal Stage Productions, Roundabout and PBS “Great Performances” (also Co-Author), the Olivier Award nominated London revival of Guys & Dolls starring Rebel Wilson, the Drama Desk Award winning production of Working, the New York revival of Jacques Brel…, the London revival of Barnum at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Secret of My Success (also Co-Author, Universal Stage Productions) and the stage adaptation of Tangled (Disney). Current projects include a new comedy television series he is creating with Andy Cohen and Blumhouse for NBC, a new musical about Pablo Picasso and Dora Maar starring Antonio Banderas (co-writer with Stephen Schwartz/director), Houdini (co-writer with Frank Wildhorn/director), and the podcast comedy series Rolling Calls starring Richard Kind and Julie Halston. He attended Stanford & NYU Film School – and is a Founding Curator at Ars Nova, an Associate Artist at The New Group and The Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Steve Rosen (co-author) (he/him) has previously collaborated with Greenberg on the musical The Secret of My Success (co-book, Joseph Jefferson nomination), the plays Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors, and Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show as well as podcasts Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors and Rolling Calls (Broadway Podcast Network). He has also co-written (with David Rossmer) the book, music, and lyrics of Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation (Seattle’s 5th Ave) and The Other Josh Cohen which was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, as well as the Lucille Lortel and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards for Best New Musical. He also co-created the long-running Broadway improv/variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, devising original comedy material for artists like Sting, Zachary Levi, and Ariana Grande. Other regional theaters that have produced his work include Theater Under the Stars (TX), Denver Center (CO), Paramount Theatre (IL), Paper Mill Playhouse (NJ), Maltz Jupiter Theater (FL), Geva (NY), and Bucks County Playhouse (PA). @stevierosen


Publicity Photos

Playwright and director Gordon Greenberg.
Playwright and director Gordon Greenberg.
Playwright Steve Rosen.
Playwright Steve Rosen.