Are you a drunk soldier, ruined by women and alcohol? A perverted monk, sensual seductress or sneaky servant? Whatever you may be, join The Karamazovs: a hear play in 8 episodes in which you create your own corrupted character. Choose who you want to be, read the dialogues and bring Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece to life. Prepare yourself for blood, revenge and a sweet sauce of existential absurdism.
The Karamazovs is a live reading-performance in which the audience acts out the characters from the novel. Brecht reads the directional notes and adds a “previously in The Kamarazovs” to each episode. Cello player Pau Marques i Oleo supports the action with live improvised music.
The episodes can be visited separately. Already curious about how it ends? For € 15 you can buy the complete text (special deleted scene included). The booklet has been nicely printed by the independent publisher Publication Studio Rotterdam. You can order the book through the contact form on this website.
Theaterkrant (Marijn Lems) wrote about The Karamazovs at Amsterdam Fringe Festival: “Actually, The Karamazovs is a text reading with average amateur actors (with the all time low of the evening myself. Jokes about critics who are failed artists in the comments please). Hermans proves to be a very funny showmaster who can turn even the most deplorable acting performance into a party. Him and Marques i Oleo, who from time to time reads out a role too, have a boyish chemistry that works extremely contagious.”
At Paris Fringe The Karamazovs was liked as well. The show won the Spirit of the Fringe Award. Neil Sinclair wrote: “Interactive theatre is tricky at the best of times. It summons up images of awkward audience interaction and frustrated actors getting too involved. Brecht Hermans is such a charming performer he succeeds in avoiding all the usual pitfalls and manages to create something special. (…) You read about a lot of shows being an ‘experience.’ This truly is one.”
The Karamazovs premiered at the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. With many thanks to Theater Walhalla and Leeszaal West for try-outs in Rotterdam and thanks to Theater Babel Rotterdam for the location to record our teaser trailer (see underneath).
Pictures: Charlotte Brand
Video: A Small Production Company