Frank Wedekind's play about the dawning of teen sexuality was seen as revolutionary in 1891 Germany and censored until well into the 1950's. The story follows four teenagers as they attempt to navigate growing up in a world where the adults try too hard to shield them from the world. This coming of age story deals with all the hard hitting topics: sex, abuse, teen pregnancy, homosexuality, masturbation, and suicide. Promethean's production will prove that Wedekind's classic drama is up-to-date as we are dealing with the same issues to this day.
Since this piece was created as a ensemble piece with a company of mid-20's actors the decision was made to perform the adult roles in masks. Each actor played at least one adolescent and one adult. Not only do the masks help differentiate between the two, they help the audience see the world of the play through the adolescent's eyes. As we age we acquire things: experience in addition to prejudices, fears, inhibitions, and other wounds that no one can see. The masks are a literalization of the baggage adults carry around with them. Sometimes alien - sometimes monstrous - always hiding part of who we really are.
“Murray’s production plays it stripped-down and raw.”
“Spring Awakening comes to life under Stephen Murray’s insightful direction… an exquisite piece of theatre; timeless and universal.”
Sarah Terez Rosenblum
“Director and adapter Stephen F. Murray has mounted an emotionally rich production… This show is fine theater.”