Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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Kafka's The Metamorphosis

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Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis Adapted for the stage by Steven Berkoff Directed by Rebecca Wright February 4 - March 1, 2015 In Kafka’s THE METAMORPHOSIS, successful traveling salesman Gregor Samsa mysteriously transforms overnight into a gigantic insect-like creature. Can Gregor sustain his life, his family and his job despite his inexplicable metamorphosis? Gregor’s parents and sister, who have been living off of Gregor’s success, must transform their lives in order to survive. How long will their love for Gregor remain unconditional once they are unable to communicate with him, repulsed by him and are fearful of his presence? Quintessence welcomes its first guest director: Rebecca Wright, founding Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Applied Mechanics. Wright will explore how all bodies transform, juxtaposing the mundane and the grotesque, and exploring Kafka’s surmise that any home can become a cage, any failure in communication can become a nightmare, and any regret can become a monster. Berkoff’s hyper-physical adaptation focuses Kafka’s existential questions on the actor’s body. In our contemporary moment, the body is a politicized battleground and defined by the functions we require of it. Wright will collaborate with Philadelphia’s Kristen Bailey as Gregor, using cross-gender casting to delve more deeply into questions of the transformative nature and performance expectations of the body. Featuring Kristen Bailey (as Gregor Samsa), Alan Brincks, Julia Frey, Douglas Hara (as Mr. Samsa), Anita Holland (as Mrs. Samsa), Gracie Martin (as Greta) and Lee Minora. Colin McIlvaine (Set Design) Katherine Fritz (Costume Design) Maria Shaplin (Lighting Design) Adriano Shaplin (Sound Design). Pay What You Can Preview: February 4 @ 7pm Opening Night: Saturday: February 7 @ 8pm

By: Quintessence Theatre

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