'Set in St Petersburg's Moika Palace, 'The Rasputin Affair' is a fictionalized account of Grigori Rasputin's last night alive. Known by some as "the mad monk", Rasputin was a Russian Orthodox Christian and mystic who counselled Russian Emperor Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra, and their only son, Alexei. His influence over the Tsar and Tsarina was the cause of criticism by many who thought that he was exerting unnecessary control over the family.
'The Rasputin Affair' follows Prince Felix Yusupov, the Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich, and the right-wing politician Vladimir Purishkevich, who have planned to assassinate Rasputin, each for their own. Accompanying them on their wild ride of assassination attempts is Felix's maid, who ultimately plays a vital role in the events of the evening.
Throughout the play, we learn more about the characters and the dynamics between them, and more importantly we learn of the corruption within the politicians and leaders of Russia within World War 1. Throughout the play, Mulvany delves into Rasputin's life history, ideologies and somewhat controversial religious and political beliefs. But despite an often critical portrayal she manages to paint the mad monk in full colour, and truly introduces the audience to him rather than preaching about what was good and bad about the man.' (Source: Theatrepeople website)
Read at the MTC Lawler Studio: Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec Readings: 27 September 2013.
World premiere at Ensemble Theatre, Kirribilli, New South Wales, April 7 -30, 2017.
Director: John Sheedy.
Cast includes Tom Budge, Zindzi Okenyo, Sean O'Shea, Hamish Michael, and John Gaden.