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Publisher's Summary

A central theme of Ostrovsky's plays is the inevitable struggle between the demands of personal morality and and those dictated by social propriety. In this grim drama, the dramatist sketches a tragic incident arising from the conflict of two social classes: the petty tradesmen and the nobility. From the coarse environment of the first emerge honest, upright natures like Krasnov, the earnest shokeeper; from the superficial, dawdling culture of the second come weak-willed triflers like the ineffectual landowner, Babayev. The sordid plot sweeps on to its inexorable tragic conclusion with tremendous force. 

Cast

Valentin Pavlich Babayev - Robert Curran

Lev Rodionych Krasnov and Karp - Marty Krz

Tatyana Danilovna and Ulyana Rodionivna Kuritsyna - Amy Soakes

Lukerya Danilovna Zhmigulin - Vee McGuire 

Arkhip - Denis Daly

Afonya and Prokofyevna - Grace Keller Scotch

Manulo Kalinych Kuritsyn and Shishgalev - John Burlinson 

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