Iconic and influential work from German theatre repertory comes to IU Theater in “Woyzeck”

January 27, 2014

 IU Theatre presents Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck
All performances take place at the Wells-Metz Theatre,
Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

February 7, 8, 11-15, at 7:30 p.m.
with a matinee February 15, at 2:00 p.m.

Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for senior citizens;
Student Rush Tickets: $10 cash with a valid student ID on the day of each performance.

“Considered to be the first modern tragedy, Woyzeck still feels contemporary more than 150 years after its creation.” – The New York Times

Indiana University’s Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance continues its 2013/14 season with Georg Büchner’s Woyzeck, directed by Paul Daily.  One of the most iconic and influential plays of the 19th Century, Woyzeck is the story of a poor German soldier whose sanity is pushed to the brink by oppression, dehumanization, and by exploitation when unscrupulous doctors use him as a subject in medical experiments. The play’s penetrating social commentary and distinctly modern tone mark it far ahead its time. Woyzeck has garnered praise and admiration from critics, scholars, and theatre and film artists who have presented and adapted the story for both stage and screen.

Once such artist is Daily, a third-year MFA Candidate in Directing. This production is his thesis project. For Daily, Woyzeck represents an opportunity to work on the kind of theatre he believes in. “I would like to change people,” Daily says regarding the production. “You’ve got to figure out why we do theatre, besides the fact that it’s in our blood and we can’t stop. My father once asked me, ‘Well, what about escapism? There’s value there.’ And I said, ‘Well, yes … But it’s not what I want to do.’ I don’t want to create escapism. I want to get them thinking, I want to get them talking, and eventually I want to get them moving.”

Also completing her MFA thesis is costume designer Barbara Abbott. As the play is considered a seminal work for both the naturalistic and expressionistic theatre movements, the possibilities for the its design are immense. Daily, Abbott and the rest of the design team meet Woyzeck head-on with an unusual configuration of the Wells-Metz space and a unique concept that challenges the actors by employing different strategies for creating physical distance between them, the most striking of which is the use of stilts for the characters in positions of power over Woyzeck.

StiltsThe cast of IU Theatre’s Woyzeck features Clayton Gerrard (in the title role), Emily Harpe (Marie), Joe Cadiff (Drum Major), Jacob Duffy Halbleib (Doctor), Mauricio Miranda (Captain), Anthony O’Donovan (Andres/Monkey), John Putz (Sergeant), Jennifer Smith (Grandmother), Kayla Tillisch (Margaret), Zacharay Trinkle (Showman), Ryan Claus (Ensemble) and Maya Farario (Ensemble).

Joining Director Daily’s creative team are the aforementioned Abbott (Costume Designer), Bridgette Dreher (Scenic Designer), Katie Grunhagen (Lighting Designer), Kameron Johnson (Sound Designer) and John Houtler-McCoy (Technical Director/Technology).

Tickets are available in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office (M-F, 10 am-5 pm), online at theatre.indiana.edu, or at the door at the Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center on the corner of 7th and Jordan beginning one hour before any performance.
For more information contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu.

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