By Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus

From the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Directed by Jeremy Lee Cudd


As a police inspector investigates a gruesome murder, we journey through the mind of a criminal. What did he do? Why did he do it? And what would you be capable of in certain circumstances? Before Law & Order, there was Crime and Punishment. Performed in 90 minutes with only three actors, this award-winning adaptation of Dostoevsky's masterpiece compresses all the tension and pathos of the novel into a powerful evening of theatre. Dive into the greatest crime story ever written, a tale of murder, motive and redemption that plumbs the depths of the human soul.


A jewel...a technically flawless presentation that creates a thing of beauty...three rock solid performances that shine with multifaceted nuance."  -Austin American Statesman

Fascinating, textured performances...a well-executed venture into the more twisted corners of the human mind."  -Austin Chronicle

Truly extraordinary...I highly recommend you not miss out on this deep cutting piece."  -BroadwayWorld Austin

Meet the cast

Meet the cast

See the Crime and Punishment playbill


Notes from the box office


Tickets to Crime and Punishment are $15-$30, or you can save money with a season membership! The show is most recommended for ages high school and up. It runs about 1:30.


Special Events


Saturday 3/23, First Saturday Soiree. Join us after the performance for a special reception with the artists of Crime and Punishment! We'll toast the show's opening with the creative team and enjoy treats from The Russian House of Austin, all included for a small upcharge. (Season Members get in free!)


Sunday 3/31, Penfold Post-show. For those looking to dig deeper, participate in our latest post-show discussion. Director Jeremy Lee Cudd and the cast of Crime and Punishment will be joined by Marina Alexandrova from the UT Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Dr. Lucia Summers from the Texas State University School of Criminal Justice. We'll be discussing the connections between Dostoevsky’s 1860s Russia and our world today, along with powerful themes from the play, including poverty, violence, isolation and redemption.




Ground Floor Theatre


Ground Floor Theatre (Map it)

979 Springdale Rd #122

Austin, TX 78702


Directions for first-time visitors: Ground Floor Theatre (GFT) can be hard to find for first-time visitors. It is located near the intersection of Springdale Rd and Airport Blvd and shares a building with Austin Bouldering Project, Daily Greens, Austin East Ciders, Friends and Allies Brewery and other businesses. After entering the property through the entrance closest to Airport Blvd, you will drive around the left side of the building to the back. Free parking is available in the lot. Here's a map of the property to help you




Marquee Sponsors ($5,000+)

Bloomberg PhilanthropiesCity of AustinCity of Round RockTexas Commission on the Arts

Producer Sponsors ($2,500+)

Larry Najvar of Edward JonesP&B Print and Design Studio


Crime and Punishment is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. It was originally produced by Writers' Theatre, Glencoe, Illinois, Michael Halberstam, Artistic Director.