Theatre Presents ‘Spring Awakening’
April 19, 2013
The Department of Theatre Studies continues its 2012-13 season with one of the major works of German theatre, Spring Awakening, April 19-20.
Performances are at 8 p.m. in Sternberger Auditorium, Founders Hall. Tickets, all $5, and more information are available at the theatre studies website.
Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind was the first play to explore the identity struggles of adolescence. By turns funny and shocking, it was banned from the stage for thirteen years due to its frank depiction of sexuality. The original New York production was closed by the police after its first performance.
Spring Awakening gained favor in Germany beginning with a highly censored 1906 production by the legendary director Max Reinhardt. Jonathan Franzen, best known for his novel The Corrections, translated the play into English and restored the complete text.
Guilford College’s production is directed by Theatre Studies Professor David Hammond and scene design is by guest artist Robin Vest. Costume design is by department staff member Mahealani Jones. Lighting design is by guest artist Burke Brown, and sound design is by guest artist Badger Koon.