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The Gambler ()

Produced by

Alianak Theatre Productions and Beggarly Theatre and Ginger Cat Productions and Tapestry Opera

Playwright: Ronald Weihs
Director: Molly Thom

Based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky and the true story behind the novel


Artword Theatre


January 26th, 2006 – February 19th, 2006


In the spinning phantasmagoric world of the gambling casino where fortunes are lost and hopes destroyed by the incessant click-click of the roulette wheel, one of the world’s great novelists finds himself at a turning point …
In 1866, overwhelmed by debt, Fyodor Dostoevsky agreed to produce a new novel or lose the copyright to his entire body of work. Three weeks before the deadline, with not a word written, he hired a young stenographer, Anna Grigorievna, to take it down in shorthand. The story he dictated, she soon discovered, was his own story – his passion for the unattainable Polina and his own addiction to gambling. (


David Ferry Fyodor / Alexei
Claire Jenkins Anna
Karl Pruner The General
Irene Poole Polina / Mlle Blanche
Brett Christopher Comte des Grieux / Mr. Astley / Croupier
Jennifer Phipps The Grandmother

Creative Team

Fyodor Dostoevsky Author
Ronald Weihs Playwright
Molly Thom Director
Gillian Gallow Set Designer
Gillian Gallow Costume Designer
Rebecca Picherack Lighting Designer
Richard Feren Music
Beverley Miller Choreographer
Laura Gardner Assistant Prop Designer
Laura Gardner Assistant Costume Designer


Trevor Schwellnus Production Manager
J.P. Robichaud Stage Manager
John Karastamatis Marketing Director
John Karastamatis Producer
Margaret Edgar Group Sales
Babs Church Group Sales
Yvette Martin Apprentice Stage Manager
Ed Gass-Donnelly Graphic Designer
Trevor Schwellnus Carpenter
Kevin Hutson Carpenter
Lindsay Anne Black Scenic Painter
Laird Macdonald Crew
Maryke Simmonds Crew
Shanna Miller Crew
Jonathan Pinksen Crew
Robert Allison Front of House
Meiko Ando Front of House
Antonio Tan Website Designer


Jason Golinsky Technical Director