Anna Karenina On Stage At DCPA Through Feb. 24.


ANNA KAREN NINA OPENS THIS FRIDAY AT THE DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. SHAWN CHITNIS SHOWS US THE PLAY FEATURES THEMES THAT AREN’T SO DIFFERENT FROM TODAY. Reporter: ANNA KARENINA IS IN REHEARSAL AT THE DENVER CENTER THEATRE COMPANY. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE NOVEL CIVIL WRITTEN. Reporter: THIS ADAPTATION IS ACCESSIBLE. THERE ARE TWO MAIN STORIES. THE BEAUTIFUL, WEALTHY, ARISTOCRATIC ANNA FALLS IN LOVE WITH A MAN WHO IS NOT HER HUSBAND. AND TAKES RISK TO PURSUE THAT AND PAYS A HUGE PRICE FOR IT, EMOTIONALLY AND SOCIALLY. THEN THE STORY OF BEING BORN INTO GREAT PRIVILEGE, BUT STRUGGLING TO CREATE SOCIALLY QUALITY. ULTIMATELY I THINK IT IS ABOUT HOW YOU FIND AN AUTHENTIC LIFE IN WHATEVER WORLD YOU LIVE IN. Reporter: THE TRICK IS CREATING 19TH-CENTURY RUSSIA ON STAGE. IT IS WHAT THE ACTORS ARE DOING ON THE STAGE. Reporter: MUCH OF THE AMBIENCE WILL BE FOUND IN THE CLOTHING. MANY OF THE PIECES ARE BEING MADE BY THE THEATER COMPANIES PRODUCTION STAFF. SO MUCH ABOUT THIS STORY IS ABOUT HOW CONSTRICTING THE RULES WERE FOR HUMANS, PARTICULARLY FOR HOW MEN AND WOMEN BEHAVE. AND THE CLOTHES TELL THAT STORY IN A REALLY VIVID WAY. Reporter: THE DENVER THEATER COMPANY HAS A REPUTATION FOR DOING CLASSIC STORIES IN A BIG WAY AND ANNA KARENINA IS NO

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