Frank Wedekind’s Tragicomedy of Teenage Sex Spring’s Awakening at the New Workshop Theatre, Dec. 7-10

December 6, 2006 | Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY — The Brooklyn College Department of Theater presents Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 masterpiece Spring’s Awakening at the New Workshop Theater from December 7 to 10. Tickets are $5.

Described as one of the first plays to incorporate elements of expressionism, Spring’s Awakening examines the beautiful and destructive world of adolescence in nineteenth century Germany through the eyes of a teenager named Melchior. Fraught with academic pressures and puberty, Melchior struggles to understand himself through interactions with his peers and the hypocritical professors that monitor his education. As he wanders through scenes of fantasy and reality, we follow, and simultaneously become engaged by the poetic lyricism of his voice and the innocence of his child-like inquisitiveness.

Frank Wedekind (1864-1918)

Jonathan Hadley’s innovative production combines elements of naturalism with puppetry and mask-work which makes for a truly theatrical experience. Criticized for its sexual content in Europe and the United States, the play has a history of censorship, but its exquisite representation of teenage perception makes it relevant today.

Performances of Spring’s Awakening will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, call the Brooklyn Center box office, (718) 951-4500, or visit the Theater Department Web page.