The Jewel in the Manuscript
by Rosemary Zibart
directed by Brian Hansen
The Adobe Theater presents the world premier of “The Jewel in the Manuscript” by Rosemary Zibart.
The Adobe Theater’s production of “The Jewel in the Manuscript”, a new play by Santa Fe author Rosemary Zibart, will feature some actors new to the Albuquerque theater scene and some familiar favorites. Brian Hansen, director of this world-premier production based on the life of Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is pleased with the “extraordinary cast for a very demanding play.”
Hounded by gambling debts, Fyodor Dostoevsky must write a novel in one month and hires a shy young woman Anna Snitkina as his stenographer. In the following days, the two press forward to complete the manuscript but their growing intimacy is threatened by the spectre of another woman Polina Suslova who figures both in Dostoevsky’s writing and his life.
As the lead figure, David James will play Dostoyevsky. Mr. James comes to Albuquerque from years of stage and film work in Los Angeles and Chicago. Jessica Quindlen will make her Albuquerque debut as Anna Snitkina, the young stenographer who is thrust into the unsettling world of Dostoyevsky’s enormous talent. Linda Williams, a favorite with local audiences, will be playing Anna’s mother, the one person to whom she can unburden her heart. Ms. Williams was last seen earlier this summer as Maria in the Vortex Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”. Her most recent role at the Adobe was the maiden aunt Lizzie in “Is Life Worth Living?”
The role of Pasha, Dostoevsky’s layabout step-son will be played by Richard Boehler, who has recently been seen as Biff in the highly succesful production of “Death of a Salesman” at The Vortex Theater. Joining the company fresh from playing Charlie in The Vortex Theatre’s “Death of a Salesman” will be Tyler Strand, as Dostoyevsky’s best friend Milyakov. Mr. Strand will also serve as the production’s dramaturg, based on his deep knowledge of Russian literature and his years of residence in Russia.
The play was one of two winners at the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival in Seattle and a finalist for the Phoenix Theatre New Play Festival, the Firestone New American Play Festival and the Long Beach Playhouse New Play Festival.
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