Spring Awakening by Franz Wedekind, translated by Jonathan Franzen
A Senior Directing Thesis from Rosie Alger
Set in the heavily repressed world of 1892 Germany, Spring Awakening is the radical tale of a group of teenagers struggling to find their place as they grow into adults. The play was banned and censored for many years, as it deals with such taboo subjects as teenage sex, masturbation, abortion, and suicide. Can Melchior, Wendla, and Moritz rebel against the world that denies them growth? A tragic story that deals with repression and expression, Spring Awakening asks its audience to dive headfirst into the uncomfortable problems that we must face in order to overcome.