Alliance for New Music-Theatre presents
the Franz Kafka Classic
In a dramatic adaptation by Steven Berkoff
and further adapted as music-theatre by Susan Galbraith
at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
September 10 – 21, 2014
The first of three works for Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s 2014/2015-season theme – The Outsider’s Outsider
Fresh from their popular and critically acclaimed presentation of The Václav Havel Project in Washington, DC and The Prague Fringe Festival, Alliance for New Music-Theatre presents a dark and comical interpretation of Franz Kafka’s iconic work through the lens of this season’s theme, The Outsider’s Outsider. Kafka, the son of a German-speaking, Jewish family living as outsiders in Czech-speaking Prague, imaginatively creates an alter-ego figure, Gregor, also the son of a dogmatic father and otherwise claustrophobic family, who inexplicably wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect, and is further ostracized as an outsider living in the midst of his family.
Director Susan Galbraith brings together this highly collaborative and eclectic performance, combining movement, singing, and speech to explore Kafka’s relevance to today’s American audiences. The musical world of this music-theatre adaptation of Metamorphosis includes soundscapes by composer, Hugh Livingston, traditional Jewish melodies, and vocal improvisations developed by the ensemble and live cello (performed by Yvonne Caruthers). Designer Joey Wade and animator, Janet Antich, create a complementary stage world combining animation, inspired by Kafka’s drawings, that interacts with the performers’ highly physicalized style to convey the importance of the writer’s artistic imagination. The central role of Gregor will be played by Ari Jacobson, and his other family members include David Millstone (Father), Pamela Bierly Jusino (Mother), and Lily Kerrigan (Sister Greta).
Ten performances, between September 10th and 21st, are presented in partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic’s Mutual Inspirations Festival, an annual initiative focusing on seminal artistic cross-fertilizations between Czech and American cultures. Also presented under this festival’s umbrella is Apeman, by Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s company member, Drew Valins (star of The Václav Havel Project). The solo performance is an adaptation of Kafka’s short story. Apeman debuted on September 09, 2014, 6:30 PM at the Czech Embassy.
We had our last performance of this “First Iteration” of Kafka’s Metamorphosis
on Sunday, Sept 21 – to a sold out house.
We are now planning to remount it next Spring
Stay tuned for updates and more information on our next projects under the theme of the Outsider’s Outsider.
The Czech Embassy’s Mutual Inspirations Festival continues through October.
Go to their site for details of their upcoming events at http://www.mutualinspirations.org/
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What the media is saying about Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s
The Václav Havel Project
“Artful. Brilliant. Irreverent. Simple, yet genius. Everything—from the writing to the stage direction and the acting itself—is a marvel to watch” (DCTheatreScene)
“Sexy, bold, moving, and universal in its appeal” (Czech National Radio)
“Intriguing stylized physicality” (Washington Post)
“Funny, imaginative, lyrical” (DCMetroTheatreArts)
To contact the Alliance about availability for tour bookings of the Havel Project contact us at PR@newmusictheatre.org or call 202-966-3104
Alliance for New Music-Theatre members Pamela Bierly-Jusino, Susan Galbraith, Duane Gelderloos, Ron Heneghan, Meghan McCall, Maurice Saylor and Drew Valins returned from the Prague Fringe Festival where they performed the Vaclav Havel Project for a week to responsive audiences and outstanding reviews. It was recently announced that Susan Galbraith and Ron Heneghan were both nominated for “Best“ (Actress and Actor) for their roles in Vaclav Havel’s Unveiling, and their Vanek Unleashed was nominated for Best Creative Realization.
Click here to read more about the Prague Fringe Theatre Festival in an article by Susan Galbraith
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