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The Devil and Stepashka

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Russian landowner, Zhenya, sows wild oats with one of his peasant girls, but puts it all behind him when he marries – or so he hopes. Determined to remain true to his beloved wife, he finds it increasingly hard to free himself from Stepashka’s spell. Inspired by Tolstoy’s short story ‘The Devil’, the play follows Zhenya’s tragic obsession and crime of passion. Though status and gender protect him from legal retribution, Zhenya is haunted by guilt – or is it even the victim herself?

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Product ID: 5672

Additional information

Author

Genre

Drama

Script Style

Full Length Play

Duration (mins)

100

Male Cast

2

Female Cast

3

Total Cast

5

Synopsis

Russian landowner, Zhenya, sows wild oats with one of his peasant girls, but puts it all behind him when he marries – or so he hopes. Determined to remain true to his beloved wife, he finds it increasingly hard to free himself from Stepashka’s spell. Inspired by Tolstoy’s short story ‘The Devil’, the play follows Zhenya’s tragic obsession and crime of passion. Though status and gender protect him from legal retribution, Zhenya is haunted by guilt – or is it even the victim herself?

 

Cast

Zhenya A Russian landowner in his thirties – an intense but sincere man.

Lisa His wife. A gentle, shy young woman.

Boris A friend from Zhenya’s student days – a worldly man with a cynical approach
to life.

Stepashka A voluptuous peasant woman.

Dasha Her sister.

Sample

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2 reviews for The Devil and Stepashka

  1. Steve Davies

    Summary Performance History

    Production by the Duke’s Head Theatre Company (3 week run) at the Edinburgh Festival, transferring to the New End Theatre, Hampstead, for a 5 week run. Performed at the Surrey Arts Festival.

  2. Steve Davies

    “Powerful stuff.” The Times.

    “Finely written. Astutely observed characters.” The Independent.

    “Compulsive watching.” The Scotsman.

    “An exciting drama, laced with the most delicate irony.” Richmond and Twickenham Times.

    “A fascinating study of female sexuality and repression. One awaits Claire Booker’s next project with anticipation.” The Stage.

    “A tightly written and engrossing new play, recommended.” Time Out.

    “An impressive adaptation.” London Theatre Record.

    “The verdict is excellent.” Bournmouth Evening Echo.

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