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Crime and Punishment February 6th- March 16th


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Adapted from the epic novel by Feodor Dostoyevsky, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT focuses on the plight of a intellectual young man whose moral struggle with his belief system compels him to commit a horrendous crime.  A psychological game of cat and mouse ensues with the investigator who hunts him down.  Dreams, waking visions, even ghosts paint this psychological portrait of crime, guilt and retribution. Writers’ Theater’s original 2003 production of CRIME AND PUNISHMENT was honored with a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Adaptation.


Centerstage Chicago Review by Rory Leahy-“Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus’ brisk 2003 adaptation does a rather brilliant job of distilling the (not short by any means) novel to its core in under 90 minutes. Mary Arrchie’s current production features Ed Porter as the brilliant, arrogant and impoverished Raskolnikov. Raskolnikov commits himself to a self serving philosophy much beloved by the Wall Street whiz kids of our age that “extraordinary men” have the right to commit great crimes in the service of their goals…Porter incarnates Raskolnikov almost perfectly, in all the twitchy, neurotic, guilty glory that I’ve always imagined him. Jack McCabe also does fine work as Raskolnikov’s unassuming intellectual equal, the canny, sympathetic Inspector Porfiry.” Read the Full Review Here, Centerstage Chicago Crime and Punishment. 

The Katy Chronicles by Katy Walsh- “Concise, yet epic. This deft adaptation by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus premiered at Writers’ Theatre in 2003.  It won a Joseph Jefferson Award for best adaptation.  The script skillfully condenses the lengthy novel into a robust but tight 90 minute play.  Under the skillful direction of Richard Cotovsky, three actors debate morality from religious and judicious angles.” Read the Full Review Here, The Katy Chronicles Crime and Punishment. 

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Meet the Cast

Ed PorterEd Porter (Raskolnikov) is thrilled to be working with Mary-Arrchie! Recent credits: Conversations on a Homecoming directed by Jonathan Berry and The Hunting of the Snark directed by Josh Sobel, both at Strawdog Theatre. The Joseph Smith Project, directed by Sandy Shinner and written by Dean Corrin for the Lincoln Presidential Library. At His Best by Cassandra Rose for Cold Basement Dramatics. He also recently assistant-directed Boeing Boeing (Drury Lane), played Martin in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar (Key West Fringe), and performed in Victory Gardens’ Chicago Stories, all under the direction of Dennis Zacek. He received a B.A. in theatre from Rhodes College in his hometown of Memphis, TN.


Jack McCabeJack McCabe (Porfiry) appeared in Mary Arrchie’s “The Homecoming”. Other shows on (Chicago’s) Broadway (near Irving Pk. Rd.) are Profiles’ Hellcab, Men of Tortuga and Autobahn; Strawdog’s Aristocrats and Richard III; and National Pastime’s Firebugs.Also,  Provision’s Spoon River Anthologies, Beast On The Moon and The Hiding Place;  Livewire’s “A Permanent Image;   The New Colony’s That Sordid Little Story, Pancake Breakfast and So Many Days. Over the years he has appeared on the stages of Steppenwolf, Victory Gardens, A Red Orchid, American Blues Theatre, Live Bait, European Repertory Theatre, Gift, The Side Project and others. McCabe produced and directed the short film “Christmas Eve at McTavish’s” based on Andrew Burden Swanson’s stage play.  It’s been screened on both coasts and the Midwest.


Maureen YaskoMaureen Yasko (Sonia) is making her Mary Arrchie debut, and she couldn’t be more thrilled!  She relocated to Chicago a little over a year ago from Atlanta, GA, where her artistic home was with The Atlanta Shakespeare Company as an actor and a teaching artist.  While in Atlanta, she also worked with Aurora Theatre, Synchronicity, The Alliance and Onion Man Productions.  Here in Chicago, Maureen is proud to have been recently named an Artistic Associate with Babes with Blades Theatre Company, where she has performed in the all-female Julius Caesar and Bo Thomas and the Case of the Sky Pirates. Other Chicago Companies she has worked with are Infusion Theatre and Cor Theatre. Regional credits: Tecumseh!, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, National Theatre for Children, American Family Theatre, Savannah Shakespeare Festival, and Johnny Appleseed Outdoor Drama. Maureen would like to thank Tosha and Rich for this wonderful opportunity and Chris for his never ending support and love! Next Up: L’Imbecile with Babes with Blades opening in April.