Full Length Play
Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Period
Time Period - 1910s / WWI
Settings Of Play - The set involves the suggestion of 2 rooms: a parlor with a small table and chairs and Gregor's bedroom connected through a door opening into the bedroom.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Mime, Play w/ Music
Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Mild Adult Themes
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
This play is a dramatic adaptation of Kafka's novella. The story, first published in 1915, is of a man who finds himself transformed one day into an insect. There is a tragicomic aspect to this surreal tale. In this adaptation Gregor Samsa awakens into a dream. In this nightmare he can neither speak nor alter the conduct of those around him who see him as a bug. A mime plays Gregor and a fiddler performing Klezmer music communicates his wildly swinging emotions. All actions take place in the moment of the dream rather than in real time. Inviting the audience to view the experience as Gregor perceives it, the Stage Manager summons the play. Set in early 20th century Prague and written in verse, this adaptation captures the surreal humor and pathos of the story.
"This adaptation makes one ponder socially significant issues, class struggles, inequities, treatment of someone different, i.e. disabled or dysfunctional, and the writing is forthright" - Hi Drama
"Thomalen has done the theater-going public a great service" - Town and Village
"Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis begins as the story's central figure, Gregor Samsa, becomes a giant insect. Stories seldom start in a more over-the-top, theatrical way...a rich subject...how would Gregor be represented? Thomalen's solution is both obvious and effective, having the actor portraying him never utter a single spoken line, with whatever insect-like speech he can muster portrayed by Klezmer-like violin sounds being produced by the Hasidic musician who always accompanies him..." - Talkin Broadway
The Premier Performance was January 9, 2003 at the Jose Quintero Theatre as a Showcase, and then Equity, production. Francine Trevens directed the play.