BY FRANK WEDEKIND
DIRECTED BY STUART CARDEN
May 15, 2003–Jun 28, 2003
3829 N. Broadway
First published in 1891, Frühlings Erwachen created an instant scandal in Germany and took 14 years to receive a successful staging. Over its hundred year history it has often been performed in expurgated form but it remains, at its heart, a story that is tender, funny, sad, surreal and deeply poetic.
Three fourteen year-olds (Melchior, Wendla, and Moritz) feel their lives quickly changing as puberty overtakes them. The adult world, which hangs distantly over their own, fails to give them the knowledge and guidance they need, leaving them to philosophize, rage, and plunge headlong into tragic decisions.
Strawdog welcomes director Stuart Carden to the Dog House for the third and final show of our 15th Season.
“Carden and his cast confront the play on its own terms, conjuring the fear, the anguish, the appetite, the sensuality and even, at times, the crazy humor in it all.”
— Chicago Sun-Times
“Performances…that combine headlong exuberance with measured despair.”
— Chicago Reader
* Strawdog Theatre ensemble member