BCAP STAGES STEVEN BERKOFF’S ADAPTATION OF KAFKA’S METAMORPHOSIS
(BOSTON) – The Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) continues its sixth season with Steven Berkoff’s METAMORPHOSIS, based on the novel by Franz Kafka about a man, Gregor Samsa, who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect. The production is directed by Elaine Vaan Hogue (BCAP’s THE ROAD TO MECCA and New Repertory Theatre’s THE KITE RUNNER). METAMORPHOSIS runs November 13–24 at the Boston University Theatre, Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210. BCAP is the professional extension of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.
METAMORPHOSIS is a featured event of the Boston University College of Fine Arts Keyword Initiative, now in its third year. The 2013–2014 initiative, focusing on the KEYWORD: Transformation, will explore profound shifts and changes in individuals and society through a series of performances and events that tap into diverse perspectives, and create dialogue that inspires humanity and breeds critical thinking that leads to solutions. A full roster of Keyword: Transformation events can be accessed at bu.edu/cfa/keyword.
“While few of us will ever undergo a literal metamorphosis,” says the shows dramaturge Sarah Lowe, “all of us have lived through a figurative one. We might never be in Gregor’s surreal situation, but there is something honest and true in the story of a family fighting to redefine itself and its situation. Negotiating changing relationships is never simple whether the causes for change are as positive as gaining maturity or as heart-rending as illness and death.”
BCAP’s 2013–2014 season continues in February with a production of Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s OUR CLASS, directed by Judy Braha (BCAP’s THE ROAD TO MECCA), and concludes in June with the NEXT REP world premiere of Walt McGough’s PATTERN OF LIFE, in collaboration with New Repertory Theatre.
CAST & PRODUCTION ARTISTS
Gregor Samsa: Andy Weyenberg
Greta: Maria DeCotis
Chief Clerk/Boarder: Harrison Brian
Mrs. Samsa: Molly Jones
Mr. Samsa: Matt Dray
Director: Elaine Vaan Hogue
Scene Designer: Elizabeth Panneton
Costume Designer: Christopher Harris
Lighting Designer: Kayleigha Zawacki
Sound Designer: Lowri Sion
Technical Director: Nicholas Shelton
Production Manager: Johnny Kontogiannis
Stage Manager: Sara Vreeland
Steven Berkoff (playwright) was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of repertory companies and in 1968 formed the London Theatre Group. His plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka’s The Trial, Agamemnon, and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. He has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Berkoff’s original stage plays include East, West,The Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Harry’s Christmas, Massage, and Acapulco. He has performed his trilogy of solo shows, One Man, Shakespeare’s Villains, and Requiem for Ground Zero, in venues all over the world. Films Berkoff has acted in include A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, and Rambo.
Elaine Vaan Hogue (director) is a director, actor, and teacher. Regional credits include The Kite Runner (New Repertory Theatre), Walking the Volcano (BCAP/Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), The Road to Mecca (BCAP), Crave (Nora Theatre Company), Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution (Kansas City), Infinity’s House (Majestic Theatre), Fen (New Theatre), Creation: Mythic Weavings (Women On Top), and When Jennie Goes Marching (Olney Theatre). Recent Boston University College of Fine Arts productions include The Penelopiad and Execution of Justice. Up next, Vaan Hogue will direct Imagining Madoff at New Rep. Vaan Hogue is a passionate member of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre. She is Program Head of Theatre Arts at Boston University.
PRODUCTION CALENDAR AND EVENTS
Wed, Nov 13, 7:30pm (Preview)
Thu, Nov 14, 7:30pm (Opening and Recommend Press Night)
Fri, Nov 15, 8pm (Recommended Press Night)
Sat, Nov 16, 8pm (Recommended Press Night)
Sun, Nov 17, 2pm
Wed, Nov 20, 7:30pm (Talk-Back)
Thu, Nov 21, 7:30pm
Fri, Nov 22, 8pm
Sat, Nov 23, 8pm
Sun, Nov 24, 2pm
Boston University Theatre
Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
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TICKETS: $20 general admission | $15 seniors, students, and groups of 10+ | $10 for CFA Membership | Free with BU ID, at the door, subject to availability | Additional discounts apply for WGBH and WBUR members, and Huntington Theatre Company subscribers.
Available now at bu.edu/cfa/bcap, by phone at 617.933.8600, or in person at the BU Theatre Box Office or the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.
Led by Artistic Director Jim Petosa, the Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP) aims to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the Boston University College of Fine Arts. Expanding the definition of the College as an ‘artistic home,’ BCAP encourages interaction among students and professional faculty artists, alumni, and other affiliated artists, both locally and nationally. The goal is for these collaborations to have a profound impact on the College’s overall educational mission, become a significant source of inspiration for the creation of both new work and new approaches to existing work, and provide the College with a professional extension of its expanding and diverse aesthetic.
BCAP’s inaugural season included the Tennessee Williams’ classic The Glass Menagerie and Doug Wright’s I Am My Own Wife. In the company’s second season, BCAP was honored with three Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nominations for David Rabe’s A Question of Mercy, and concluded the season with Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive. BCAP co-produced Jon Lipsky’s Walking the Volcano with the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and co-presented Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings with New Repertory Theatre. BCAP has also produced highly-acclaimed productions of C.P. Taylor’s Good, James Fluhr’s new play Our Lady, Daniel MacIvor’s House, Neal Bell’s Monster, Paul Zindel’s The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, and Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot and The Road to Mecca (IRNE award – James Fluhr, Best Scene Design, Small Theatre Category).