“To love a man means to see him in a way God created him.” The devil himself would agree.

„To love a man means to see him a being created by God.“ Even the devil would sign that.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky's novel from 1872 is the last but one and the most cruel of the author's novels. In this book, he grows to the cognition of dark motives of human mind and raises a question of when and whether his beloved Russia gets to cope with its own demons. The writer – inspired by trial with an anarchist Sergey Nechayev who, being a proponent of boundless terror, murdered his opponent from an illegal movement – created an extensive portrait of the generation which, in order to break out of the hypocritical morals and outdated norms of the social order of their parents, vacillates between fashionable mysticism and pragmatic reason. Between subversive violence, humble faith and godless nihilism. This opening polarity of values is represented by the four male protagonists: carefree dandy Stavrogin, power-hungry plotter Verkhovensky, depressive radical Kirillov and indecisive idealist Shatov. Their eccentricities are put to general tests of honour and love. The authors of the adaptation of Dostoyevsky's Demons in the Reduta Theatre are playwright Roman Sikora and director Martin Čičvák, who have already co-operated with the National Theatre Brno in their original production Lysistrata/Aiás.

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