Spring Awakening: Jonathan Franzen's Translation of Original German Play
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The much-anticipated revival of this imaginative adaptation asks the age-old, perennially puzzling… More
Lonesome No More! Theatre’s Spring Awakening follows a group of blooming teenagers and their terrified parents as they navigate the hilarious and horrifying experience of growing up. This brutally authentic view of youth illuminates a world of sexual shame, moral order, and too much trig homework. Caught between what is ‘right’ and what is desired, adults and children alike are at once unbearably innocent, unbearably corrupt, and completely without answers.
This production hopes to highlight and explore these complexities using mask-work, song, dance, rough housing, and swinging from the treetops.
First performed under heavy censorship in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind’s play closed after one night amid public outrage and charges of obscenity. The radical content—which traces teenagers in their painfully funny contradictions of innocence—remains fresh and unsettling even in our own sex-saturated culture.
Far from the popular romanticized rock musical version of the show, this production stays true to Wedekind’s treatment of youth: unsentimental and brutally authentic. Wedekind treats his child characters like fascinating little animals – flawed, adorable, dangerous, silly. They fall far to either side of the safe teen middle ground of coolness and righteousness.
Using Jonathan Franzen’s thrilling and definitive translation, Spring Awakening is even more of a disturbance and a reproach to contemporary pieties than it was a century ago.
No one is sure. No one is right. Every one is to blame.
About the Ticket Supplier: Combined Artform/Theatre Asylum
Founded in 1998, C.A.F.E. (Combined Artform Entertainment) is on a mission to develop and combine all art forms to pioneer the “arts of the future,” as well as be an active and supporting member of the San Francisco—and now Los Angeles—performance production scene. Created by Producing Artistic Director Matthew Quinn, and joined by Steve Kahn in 1999, C.A.F.E. has collaborated with actors, singers, filmmakers, sketch comedy groups, musicians, improvisers and fine artists in more than 100 shows, including Santaland Diaries, Eavesdropper (SF), Monday Night Improv Jam (SF), Thursday Night Improv Jam (LA), PAPA (at the Eureka with Open Fist), Tilted Frame Improv and the SF Solo Festival.