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24th January
posted by Nalin

AVT’s debut full-length production closed today after a very successful six-show run.  We have been moved by, and are grateful for, the exuberant reaction from our fans and the support we have received from friends, family, and our local community.  Quartz Hill, we are excited to be your very own, homegrown theatre company!

AVT is pleased to announce that all ticket proceeds from the first, sold-out show will be donated to the American Red Cross for ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti.

You can check out photos, reviews, and comments from fans, cast, and crew on our Facebook Page.


Crime and Punishment, By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Adapted to the stage by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus.

Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois.

Starring: Anna Delrosario, M. Steven Felty, Kevin J. Hogan, and Kara McCollum

Antelope Valley Thespians presents this new, award-winning stage adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s literary masterpiece Crime and Punishment.  In 1860’s St. Petersburg, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov relives the thoughts, ideas and feelings that drove him to his horrible crime.  This 90-minute “conversation on the nature of evil” becomes a dark journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption. This is an intense psychological and spiritual journey which seeks to unveil hidden dimensions of the human condition, and the power of faith to heal even the gravest and most disturbing wounds of the soul.

Six shows:

Saturday, January 16th, 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, January 17th, 2pm
Friday, January 22nd, 7pm
Saturday, January 23rd, 7pm
Sunday, January 24th, 2pm

Producer and Artistic Director: Nalin A. Ratnayake
Operations Director: Courtney Marrietta
Production Stage Manager: Karen Gruca
Technical Director: Jeremy Gruca
Lighting Designers: Sarah Bialobroda, Jessica Katzman
Sound Designers: Courtney Marietta, Jeremy Gruca, Nalin A. Ratnayake
Scenic Designer / Jack of all Trades: Lucas Nemeth
Costume Design: Anna Delrosario
Production Assistant: Sarah Arnac


  1. 24/01/2010

    [Text of the “From the Director” portion of the programme:]

    Almost exactly one year after the initial concept for a new community theatre group in the valley, I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see our first full-length production come to life.

    And what a production it is. What is the nature of right and wrong? “Crime and Punishment” is a play that prompts scrutiny within each of us, of our personal ethics and our society.

    I still remember my high school English class: “Is Raskolnikov inherently good or evil?” “Is Sonia’s transgression more morally acceptable than Raskolnikov’s?” “Is Alyona’s own cruelty to blame for her death?”
    To me, these questions miss the point. Closer to the point would be to ask how the potential for great good and great evil may be blended in each of us. To ask what power we have as mortals to judge what that blend is in others I think is closer still.

    Achieving this milestone, our first full-length drama, has been fraught with many obstacles along the way. Despite significant challenges, this cast and crew have created something remarkable, and I am indebted to their perseverance.

    It has been my honor to produce a work of such depth and gravity as Dostoyevsky’s classic masterpiece — and it has been my pleasure to direct such a wonderful and enthusiastic cast. I thank them for their marvelous efforts; I thank the technical team and my stage manager for their dedication and creativity; and I thank you for sharing in this art we have created together.


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