Creators of “Poor People”

Poor People is a free stage adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s epistolary novel and first masterpiece, Poor Folk. The idea for the play emerged from our passion for Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s writing and a desire to experiment with combining physically devised and scripted work.

Our goal is to create a production that bears strong relation to the world in which we live. Through the prism of aesthetic distance Poor People reflects the challenges of economic disparity of our time. The play raises the following questions: To what extent does our environment define us? How does poverty affect us? What does it take to remain human in inhumane conditions? In a time of growing class disparity and Neoliberalism Poor People is still poignantly relevant.

Creators Irene Kapustina and Lavinia Roberts



Irene Kapustina is a New York City based stage director and has directed at The Drama League, The Barrow Group, The Players Theatre, TADA!, Theater for the New City, Dixon Place, Manhattan Rep, and other venues; site specific work includes Tallulah Lounge and the Museum of Sex in New York. Irene’s primary focus is on developing and directing new plays and staging classical works.



Irene the Director Head Shot


Lavinia Roberts is a visual artist and playwright based in Brooklyn. She is published with Pioneer Drama, Heuer Publishing, Meriwether Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, One Act Play Depot, and others. Her work has been produced in London, Bath, Buffalo, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and other cities.  Her full length play, Counting Skunks, won the 2011 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Award at the Castillo Theatre in New York City.  She was a member of the 2012 Women’s Work Lab at the New Perspective Theatre. Her work has been featured in New York City, at Here Arts Center, Galapagos, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Brick, The Bushwick Starr, The Tank, Dixon Place, Theatre for the New City, the Secret Theatre, in the Midtown International Theatre Festival, the Thespis Fringe Festival, and others.

Lavinia Roberts



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