Cast & Crew
Ned Van Buren
Katusha, a young peasant who serves as a companion to Prince Nekludov's two maiden aunts, accepts the amorous attentions of the prince on one of his visits to her little Russian village. Forced to confess that she is pregnant with Nekludov's child, she is turned out of the house by the scandalized aunts and forced to have her baby all alone in a peasant's ramshackle barn. After the child's death, Katusha becomes a prostitute, and several years later, she is sentenced to exile in Siberia for a murder she did not commit. Nekludov, one of the jurors, promises to secure the czar's pardon for Katusha, but on her journey to the frozen North, she falls in love with a prisoner named Simonson. Spiritually regenerated, she refuses Nekludov's remorseful offer of marriage and remains with the man who loves her.
A play, adapted from Tolstoy's novel by Henri Bataille, opened in Paris in 1902. An English translation by Michael Morton opened in New York on February 17, 1903.