Dmitry / Дмитрий
By Peter Oswald
With Alexander Gifford
After Friedrich Von Schiller
This explosive new version of the great German writer’s last, unfinished play – resurrected in the unique, pulsating dramatic verse of Peter Oswald – is being developed by dramaturg Alexander Gifford to be premiered in a production directed by Tim Supple.
1605. Orthodox Russia stands alone, defiant against the Roman Catholic and Protestant West. In the Kremlin, Tsar Boris Gudonov has suppressed all opposition and keeps a ruthless grip on power with the support of the church and an appeal to nationalist sentiment.
In Poland a formidable young opponent appears: Dmitry, the youngest son of Ivan, presumed murdered by Gudunov fifteen years before. A Polish army, supported by Rome and fuelled by European fear of the Russian threat, takes up Dmitry’s cause and marches on Moscow.
But is he who he thinks he is?
A brilliant poetic drama that cuts to the psychological, political, and spiritual heart of the epochal Russian story.