The Demons

Saturday, July 10 at 11:00 am
Sunday, July 11 at 11:00 am

Tickets: $175, 225, 300
Governors Island

Based on Dostoyevsky’s novel The Demons
Adapted and directed by Peter Stein
North American Premiere

"A breathtaking show because of its anti-heroes, gloomy sentinels of a fading society." - l'Unita on The Demons

"Peter Stein is another living legend of the theatre world." - Moscow News

Master director Peter Stein brings his adaptation of Dostoyevsky's epic and prescient novel The Demons, also known as The Possesed, to life in a warehouse on Governors Island, only ten minutes from lower Manhattan by ferry but, in feeling, a world apart. This full day of theater within one of Dostoyevsky's most gripping works is broken by lunch and dinner hours.

Step into 19th century Russia as Stein explores Dostoyevsky's prophetic vision in the tumultuous years leading up to the revolution. The sedate liberalism of the fathers is kindled into fire by the radically anarchist sons, while the demons of the title, in Stein's own words, "represent nothing but the diseases and madnesses of a young generation that had lost its faith in religion, and had become a victim of ideology."

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.

Please note: Tickets for this 12-hour performance include lunch and dinner, as well as additional short intermissions and ferry transportation to Governors Island.

Co-produced by Tieffe Teatro Milano and Wallenstein Betriebs GmbH Berlin in collaboration with Napoli Teatro Festival

Governors Island Information
Transportation: The free ferry to Governors Island departs from the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. Audience members must arrive no later than 9:45am to board the 10am ferry. There will be return ferry service to Manhattan each night at the conclusion of the performance. This is the sole way to get to the performance. There is no late seating.
Venue info: The venue is a 20-25 minute walk from the ferry landing. Ticket holders will be escorted from the ferry dock to the venue and back.
Show Timing: The production is 12 hours long, including four intermissions of twenty minutes each, and two hour-long breaks for lunch and dinner (which are included in the price of the ticket).

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