Fiodor Michajlovič Dostojevskij
The monumental piece by the Russian classic author is often brought on stage and screen. The novels such as, in particular, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment and Bessy are among the most frequently staged titles that continue to fascinate both theatre makers and goers. We have, however, decided to stage the novel Tame that bears the original psychological potential and powerful theme of the existential status or rather of the security of women, and the conflicting variations of all aspects of a relationship between partners. Dostoyevsky wrote his masterpiece prose in the late 1870s. He was inspired by press report about a suicide of a desperate young woman who jumped from the window holding an icon. He was inspired by the “modest subtle suicide”. He imaginatively completed her motives and background. A story of a former officer and pond shop owner suffering from inferiority complex who psychologically tormented his much younger wife, rises many fundamental ethical and relational questions. On the one hand, we have the intricate manipulation by a more powerful husband. On the other hand, we face desperate disdain of the helpless wife that reaches tragic climax which bears lasting and warning context. Tame as we grasped it at the SND, evolves as retrospective narrative by the widower who looks for the motives of the desperate deed and, at the same time, is also trying to understand the extent of his own guilt. The vitality of the master has been tested by the famed films by Stanislav Barab83 and Robert Bresson. The Slovak National Theatre presents the chamber piece Tame or the first time directed by E. Kudláč who has extensive experience and prven track record working with Dostoyevsky’s opus.
Running time: 1 hour, no interval