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From aristocrat to holy fool: Tolstories

December 2 - December 4

performance poster showing masked man and unmasked man, Doug Berky

In a special performance, Furman Department of Theatre Arts and master storyteller Doug Berky present an original adaptation of selected Leo Tolstoy short stories.

Showtimes are:

Thursday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. (Furman Community only)
Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. (open to public)
Saturday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. (open to public)

Leo Tolstoy lived what one biographer described as a “profoundly Russian life.” While “profoundly Russian” may describe some aspects of Tolstoy’s life, it fails to capture the uniqueness of the life of this aristocrat turned “holy fool.”

Soon after the completion of his second internationally acclaimed novel, Anna Karenina, Tolstoy experienced a deep personal and spiritual crisis that led him to the brink of suicide. In struggling to find clarity and direction, he experienced a transformation that led him to renounce his nobility and embrace radical love, non-violence, and civil disobedience.

In this production, storyteller Doug Berky brings to the stage stories written by Tolstoy after this transformation, stories that reflect his new vision for the world community. Through these simple stories, we learn much about the complex story of the “profoundly Russian” man who wrote them.

For the safety of our performers and patrons, masks are required.

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