|In 1891, a young dramatist
named Frank Wedekind wrote a play which was instantly banned.
AWAKENING explored the sexual discoveries of young teens in a stifling,
repressive society. But the play was about much more than that. What terrified
critics of the show was that it dealt with the damage parents, teachers,
and religious and political systems can cause in Young People. It was about
people who shape a distorted reality around themselves for protection and
then enforce that reality onto others. This shocking play dared to suggest
that sex can be a freeing, enlightening almost spiritual experience if
treated honestly and openly.
A century later, two talented
young men, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, turned this classic drama into
a mind-bending, heart-wrenching rock musical that took Broadway by storm.
How could this transition be made? Because the pain endured by the young
people in Wedekind's play are felt by the young of today. Because the sensitive,
powerful musical speaks clearly in a voice too seldom heard of what it
is like to be young and newly thrust into the world of puberty. Everything
is mysterious and terrifying to a young teen. Every teen feels terribly
alone and isolated. Every teen struggles daily with AWAKENINGS of all sorts.
And our world is still filled with religious, sexual, gender, parental
and political misunderstanding and repression.
is a powerhouse of a musical, wild, funny, tragic, uplifting, touching
and merciless in is exploration of the inner thoughts and feelings of youth.
During the summer of 2015, Off The Wall Theatre, brought
to you this dynamic show, as only Off The Wall can. Artistic
Director Dale Gutzman, named Milwaukee Artist of the year for 2015, and
Music Director Anne Van Deusen totally re-imagined the show and brought
new power and intensity to the work, staged in Off The Wall's
intimate yet constantly transformed performance space. With a cast of super-talented
young performers and seasoned professionals gathered from all over the
Midwest, ‘SPRING AWAKENING’ was another in a line of "Must See"Off
The Wall shows. Spring Awakening was performed to sold out
houses for all of it's performances!
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: David
ASST. DIRECTOR: Lawrence
ASST. TO MR. GUTZMAN: Sandy
A BITCH OF A SHOW!