SPRING'S AWAKENING

Genre: Drama
A new adaptation of Frank Wedekind's 1891 tragicomedy about puberty

** Adapted by Kenneth Nowell; featuring director Charmian Creagle **


Depicting the onset of puberty as violent and chaotic, Spring's Awakening is no after-school special. Reptilian impulses erupt in children terrorized by adults sunk deep in neurotic denial. One boy has suicidal tendencies as he struggles with his shock over discovering the facts of sex and the possibility of flunking. Another expresses his awakening libido in cool sadism. Masochism appears in a young girl whose mother insists that a stork delivers babies.

The staging of this production contrasts two worlds, an adolescent world depicted by the live actors and a disembodied adult world looming above on screen.

Written at the turn of the twentieth century, Frank Wedekind's play unfolds in an absurdist atmosphere that foreshadowed Brecht and Beckett. This story of the uncomfortable nature of sexuality blooming during the teen years remains relevant still today. The play renders the devastating neglect adolescents experience when family bonds erode while puritanical elements in society grow stronger.

About the Company: Looking Glass Theatre

Reflecting Life on the Stage with Truth and Theatricality While Exploring a Female Vision and Creating a Community of Artistic Freedom

Our goal is to create a community of artistic freedom: freedom from the pressure to be commercial, freedom from gender expectations and freedom from judgment. We believe this is the way to bring our audience aesthetic bliss. Supporting inspiration without expectations gets creative juices flowing. This pure creative energy then creates the purest entertainment.
 



Cast: Hana Nora Mcgrath, Melissa Coleman-Dancer
Open:   03/09/06
Close:   04/02/06

Schedule:
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 5pm
Theater:   Looking Glass Theatre
Address:   422 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$15.00
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has a MFA from Michigan State University's Acting Program. His New York credits include: Waiting for Godot, Rattlesnake, The Transaction, The Disruptive Delusions of Donald and Tragedy Defined. Ben has also done work in film: This Revolution, Logashu, and 60 x 60.
Spring's Awakening marks Annie's New York stage debut. Regional credits include, Enchanted April, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Turn of the Screw and All in the Timing. In Washington D.C., Annie understudied Laura in The Glass Menagerie at the Kennedy Center. At Brown University Annie studied Renaissance and Early Modern Literature. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.
Josh Silverman has worked with Pig Iron Theatre Company, the Walnut St. Theatre, Azuka Theatre Collective, Act II Playhouse and Brat Productions. He has a BA from Temple University. Josh very recently moved from Philadelphia to New York, and he's happy for this opportunity. Spring's Awakening is Josh's New York debut.
New York Stage Credits: Massinissa (National Black Theater of Harlem), The Fall (The Looking Glass Theatre- IT Award nomination), Macbeth (Workshop Theatre), Rock of Ages (Underground at GTT). Regional: A Vampire Tale, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Portfolio Awards), The Foreigner, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Joined at the Head. TV/Film: Law and Order, Special Forces, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Shooting Livien, Danny and Manny.
Kevin is making his debut at The Looking Glass Theatre with Spring's Awakening. In New York, he was last seen as Markie in Rapture at the Kraine Theatre. Two of the short films he directed were selected for the Tiscali Short Film Festival in London, England. Regionally he has worked at the RedFeather Theatre Company of Massachusetts and at Creede Rerpertory Theatre in Colorado. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 2003 and spent the next two years working with Aole Miller and Per Brahe at Studio 5.
Christina DeRosier was born and raised in New Orleans where she began putting on plays in her closet for her sisters. She then went on to earn a B.A. in Communications/Theater from Southeastern Louisiana University and recently finished her M.A. in Acting from Antioch University and The New Actor's Workshop. She has also studied at The Gaiety Acting School in Dublin. Christina was last seen in The Audition at The Wings Theater where she was selected as best female performer. Some of her favorite roles include Christina in Dancing at Lughnasa, Mina in The Dracula Journals, Rita in Prelude To A kiss, and Teresa in Italian American Reconciliation. Thanks to the crew at C.O. Bigelow's for being so supportive!