Thursday, April 12, 2012

Teen Coming-of-Age Rock Story Spring Awakening Plays CT Rep

 Marisa Desa as Wendla (left), Will Graziano as Melchior (center) and Michael John Improta.  Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) will present the Tony-Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, April 12 -28 in the Harriet S. Jorgensen, Storrs.
Spring Awakening was the first play penned by Frank Wedekind whose work generated considerable scandal and jail time for the writer. It is re-imagined by rockers Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater.

The story  follows a group of teenagers overwhelmed with hormones, feelings of desire and shame, and a total lack of understanding of sex, love and what it means to grow up. All of the young adults are floundering and at risk due to the puritanical rules forced on them by overbearing adult figures. Some of the teens are able to push through while others simply self-destruct. None of them escape without scars but all experience lessons about coming of age and life.
 
Director Vincent J. Cardinal said, “Like the original 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, this intoxicating coming of age rock musical intends to drop kick traditional conventions of theatre while telling the stories of a group of teens who are taking their first thrilling, terrifying, hopeful steps on the human journey.”

Spring Awakening won eight Tony awards including best musical and best score, as well as four drama desk awards including Outstanding Musical and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. 

For tickets and information, call 860-486-4226 or visit www.crt.uconn.edu.

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