Matt and Karl have basically buried themselves in the piece for the past two weeks. I'm proud of their work, and would love to see how people respond to this piece. Come check it out, and, since it's only 45 minutes long, we'll have plenty of time for Monday Night drinking.
That's the National Sport.
You might want to read the translation I worked from, so you can have some sense of what I've added and subtracted and simply made up entirely.
Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Adapted by Matthew Freeman
Directed by Matthew Johnston
Featuring Karl Miller
Manhattan Theatre Source
April 9th and 10th, 2007. 8pm.
A man, ostracized by society and at his ends rope with humanity has made the decision to kill himself. The revolver lay on the table in front of him, as he accidentally drifts into sleep and dreams a dream that will change him forever.
This courageous, philosophical story by Dostoevsky examines the societal and political implications of faith, science, and human nature. Is the true nature of man good? What responsibility do we have as citizens of the world? What is religious faith and what is its potential to create or destroy human existence?
Playwright Matthew Freeman adapts the Constance Garnett translation of Dostoevsky’s short story for the stage. Freeman’s past works for the stage include The Most Wonderful Love, The Americans, The Great Escape, Genesis, Reasons for Moving and The Death of King Arthur.
Dream of a Ridiculous Man will be performed at Manhattan Theatre Source (