Tolstories: From Aristocrat to Holy Fool
Available for booking fall of 2022
An original adaptation of selected Leo Tolstoy short stories by Doug Berky with Carol Sutton
My journey with Leo Tolstoy has been one of challenge, inspiration and introspection. Once intimidated by Tolstoy, the imagined literary giant, I now find myself drawn to the seeking, provocative, and humanitarian Tolstoy. In my research, I discovered a Tolstoy who advocated for literacy and wrote stories for children, who advocated for religious freedom and led national efforts for famine relief, who opposed capital punishment and advocated for non-violent resistance to evil. Inspiration from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount forever changed the way he lived his life.
His stories written after this transformation provide insight into his spiritual struggles with the meaning of this life. I hope audiences will enjoy and be challenged by these stories.
Many thanks to the Furman University Department of Theatre Arts for their encouragement and support to explore this new work.