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    Akropolis Performance Lab

    Rigorous, Revelatory Art Theatre

    Crime & Punishment: a psychological account of a certain crime

    A new adaptation of Dostoevsky's masterpiece, by Seattle's premiere, ensemble-driven art theatre. “What do you think, would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?”

     United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    After nearly two years of development, Akropolis Performance Lab's (APL) new adaptation of Dostoevksy's most timeless and influential novel is ready to premiere! As a lean, independent company, we rely on outside funding and partnerships to make new work possible. This campaign aims to raise $6,000 of our $36,500 budget to spread the word about our work; create Raskolnikov's nightmarish world through set, costume, and light design; and put this production in front of audiences in two cities half a country apart! We are deeply grateful to our family of supporters who make the it possible for us to sustain our uncompromising vision of ensemble-generated art and invite you to join their ranks.

    THE PLAY | Crime + Punishment


    It begins with a theory that goes something like this:
     
    Very great men have a right to do very bad things if it will allow them to bring greater benefit to humanity.
     
    Crime + Punishment follows the fortunes of Raskolnikov, a debt-ridden and disillusioned university drop-out who devises this theory … then acts upon it. After dehumanizing, robbing, and murdering a pawnbroker, Raskolnikov descends into a guilt-ridden fever dream where he is plagued by the ghosts of his crime and conscience. In the lower depths of 19th-century St. Petersburg, the mysteries of the Russian soul and intellect, crime and love are deeply, irrevocably entwined as APL reveals the mind of a killer in his search for meaning and redemption. 
     
    At 150 years since the novel’s publication, Crime + Punishment challenges our collective complacency to today’s ubiquity of violence and pushes back at notions that historical progress must necessarily derive from violence or that ends justify means. 
     
    Minimalist and low-tech, yet full of the inventive stagecraft and theatrical magic that are hallmarks of APL’s craft, Crime + Punishment combines bold dramaturgy with dynamic physicality and a rich musical soundscape of Russian folk song and sacred chant. The production features the distinct sound of a hurdy-gurdy and the ensemble's unforgettable, tight a cappella harmonies.

    THE ARTISTS | Akropolis Performance Lab

    Since its founding in 2000, APL has thrilled Pacific Northwest audiences with work that defies the pressures and glibness of today's commercial culture to realize performance experiences that are simultaneously ancient and new, beautiful and essential. One of Seattle’s longest-standing devising ensembles, APL favors a minimalist aesthetic, subtly nuanced for small audiences, questioning intellects, and individual experience. Founders and Co-Artistic Directors Joseph and Zhenya Lavy trace their artistic lineage directly through the Central and Eastern European heritage of Grotowski to Meyerhold and Vakhtangov. Through their mature artisanal approach, the ensemble crafts deeply layered performances at the intersection of source material, cultural heritage, physical action, music, dance, and personal memory.

    APL has been honored with a Footlight Award (The Glas Nocturne) and two Gypsy Rose Lee Award nominations (Uncle Vanya, The Glas Nocturne). 

    Here is a sample of what Seattle's theatre critics have had to say about our work:

    • "...they’ve created a work that makes me think all is not lost in Seattle.... One is so obviously in the hands of masterful artists." ~ Seattle Star
    • "[APL] displays excellence that blurs genre lines." Seattle Times
    • "Their courage, as well as their talent, is admirable." Seattle Weekly

    Learn more about Akropolis Performance Lab on our website.

    THE PRODUCTION | Nov 30-Dec 2, 2017 (Akron OH) and Jan 5-13, 2018 (Seattle WA)

    After nearly two years of development—including 553 hours of in-studio rehearsal with the ensemble and a full-rendering presentation of work-to-date in July, Crime + Punishment is hitting the road for its world premiere and then returning to Seattle for a hometown run. We have made it this far thanks to the sustaining support from 4Culture, two previous phases of fundraising, and rehearsal studio support from an anonymous donor. Now we are setting out to complete our final fundraising phase to bring our Ohio-based designer to Seattle; pay team stipends; and furnish, light, and populate our theatrical homes: Akron's Balch Street Theatre and Seattle's West of Lenin.

    Production Team:
    Director/Playwright - Joseph Lavy
    Music Director - Zhenya Lavy 
    Set/Lighting Designer - Kix
    Costume Designer - Fantasia Rose 
    Tour Manager - Margaretta Campagna

    Ensemble:
    Tyler J. Polumsky - Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov
    Emily Jo Testa - Alyona Ivanovna, Pulkheria Raskolnikova
    Annie Paladino - Lizaveta, Avdotya Romanovna Raskolnikova
    Sara Kaus - Sonya Marmeladova
    Joseph Lavy - Marmeladov, Svidrigailov
    Zhenya Lavy - Katerina Ivanovna Marmeladova, Hurdy Gurdist
    Matt Sherrill - Dmitri Prokofych Razumikhin
    Jennifer Crooks - Porfiry Petrovich

    Full director and ensemble bios here.

    WHERE YOU COME IN 

    Your contributions make all the difference for Crime + Punishment, supporting everything from the talented people to the screws in the set.
    $150 prints our marketing materials
    $360 gets our posters seen
    $500 scratches at advertising
    $1,100 covers travel and hospitality for our set/light designer's stay in Seattle
    $2,300 pays for our set, props, lights, and costumes
    $3,800 puts our show in a theatre
    $4,500 gets our nine-person ensemble to the world premiere and home again
    $8,000 pays the creative brains and bodies involved in this project
    ... we could go on!

    SPECIAL THANKS

    Crime + Punishment is funded, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.

    We are ever grateful for donations from our longtime audience and friends, including sustaining support from individuals such as Rachel Rutherford and Bill & Sharon Waltermire, all of whom have helped us in our journey since we began 17 years ago.

    We appreciate that your support takes many forms! In addition to making a donation to this campaign, one of the most important ways you can lend us a hand now is by spreading word about this production to other theatre-lovers. Invite them to join you for a night out and get food or drinks in the neighborhood before the show! Thank you in advance for everything you do to create community around our work!

    Akropolis Performance Lab is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Akropolis Performance Lab must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Want to buy tickets now? Follow these links for tickets to the Akron OH World Premiere Nov 30 - Dec 2 or to the Seattle WA run Jan 5-13.

    Have a question? Ask us! ensemble@akropolisperformancelab.com

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    Rewards

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    Amount is fully tax-deductible.

    Mother's Letter

    Receive our thanks in a social media shout out.

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    Amount over $30.00 is tax-deductible.

    Father’s Watch

    Receive 1 General Admission ticket to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment and our thanks in a social media shout out. 

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    Silver Cigarette Case

    Receive 1 VIP ticket to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment and our thanks in a social media shout out.

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    Amount over $50.00 is tax-deductible.

    Pawnbroker's Key

    Receive 1 VIP ticket to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment, participate in one of APL’s regular weekly physical or vocal training sessions, and receive our thanks in a social media shout out.

    Donate $150.00 or more

    Amount over $110.00 is tax-deductible.

    Box Behind the Door

    Receive 1 VIP ticket to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment, take a 45-minute private voice lesson with APL Co-Artistic Director and Music Director Zhenya Lavy in APL’s Downstairs Studio, and receive our thanks in a social media shout out.

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    Amount over $50.00 is tax-deductible.

    Lizavetta's Bible

    Receive a secret photo from behind-the-scenes at a Crime + Punishment rehearsal or performance along with an individual email message from an ensemble member, 1 VIP ticket to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment, and our thanks in a social media shout out.

    Donate $350.00 or more

    Amount over $150.00 is tax-deductible.

    Mikolka's Confession

    Enjoy a weekend evening dinner for 2 with APL’s Artistic Directors in their Lake Forest Park WA home, receive 1 VIP ticket to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment, and receive our thanks in a social media shout out. 

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount over $300.00 is tax-deductible.

    Svidrigailov's Obsession

    Have members of the APL ensemble perform up to 60 minutes of music for your Seattle-area event – OR – take the title of Sponsor, with our thanks; receive 2 VIP tickets to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment, and receive our thanks in a social media shout out.

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    Amount over $200.00 is tax-deductible.

    Raskolnikov's Theory

    Receive 4 VIP tickets to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment and take the title of Associate Producer, with our thanks; receive a handwritten letter from an ensemble member and our thanks in a social media shout out. 

    Donate $2,500.00 or more

    Amount over $200.00 is tax-deductible.

    Porfiry's Stratagem

    Receive 4 VIP tickets to any Seattle performance of Crime + Punishment and take the title of Producer; receive handwritten letters from the artistic directors and our thanks in a social media shout out.