VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Theatertreffen 2019:
Erniedrigte und Beleidigte
nach dem Roman von Fjodor M. Dostojewski
unter Verwendung der Hamburger Poetikvorlesung von Wolfram Lotz
13./14.05.19
main stage

Drama
ca. 2h 45min
In German

Guest performance Staatsschauspiel Dresden

Tickets at www.berlinerfestspiele.de

“… but what shall I do if I know for a fact that at the root of all human virtues lies the most intense egoism.”

Dostoevsky's 1861 novel Humiliated and Insulted (also known in English as The Insulted and Injured) pits fictitious author Ivan Petrovich against the cynical Prince Valkovsky, who relishes deriding all talk of altruism and self-sacrificing love as mere illusions. They encounter each other one evening in a Petersburg that Dostoevsky describes as a gloomy metropolitan behemoth. Valkovsky has left his son, the weak-willed and childlike Alyosha, at the house of his caretaker and his family, the Ikhmenevs, which is also where Petrovich grew up. The Ikhmenevs’ daughter, Natasha, falls in love with Alyosha and leaves her family. Valkovsky sues the caretaker and accuses him of coming up with the scheme. In quick succession, the bewilderments of love, as well as their ruthless instrumentalisation and the social downfall of entire families, blend into one another. The prince isn't the only despot, all the characters are driven by their damaged egos and addiction to gratification. Behind the big emotions, however, it's simply about asset shares: “Life is a commercial transaction, don't waste your money” is Valkovsky's advice for the penniless poet.

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Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

Photo: Sebastian Hoppe

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