| Open: 01/07/07 Close: 01/09/07
by Casey VanWormer based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann
Directed by Kevin Dodd
Choreographed by Erin Malley
This contemporary adaptation of the tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann follows the strange experiences of Nate, a tortured young man who believes that he witnessed the mythic Sandman maim and kill his father. Years later, everything seems to be working out for Nate: he is engaged to a wonderful girl, has a great roommate at college, and finally feels cured of the insanity that plagued his youth. That is, until a curious man sells him a pair of binoculars that cause Nate to fall in love with his Professor's peculiar daughter...
Hoffmann's "Der Sandmann" has been adapted into a popular opera (Offenbach's Tales of Hoffmann) and a classic ballet (Delibes' Coppelia) and was even critiqued by Sigmund Freud in his seminal essay The Uncanny. VanWormer's script is a chilling and hilarious collision of Hoffmann's story, Freudian theory, and expressionist performance that asks the question: what directs our lives, a pre-determined fate or our own rational free will?
Each 70-minute performance will be followed by a reception with the cast & crew.
*WARNING: This play may not be suitable for those suffering from an Oedipal Complex