Spring Awakening

based on the play by Frank Wedekind

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Brian MacDevitt

Sara Pearson

Patrik Widrig

Books and lyrics by Steve Sater

Music by Duncan Sheik

Musical Direction by William Yanesh

Co-Director: Brian MacDevitt    Co-Directors/Choreographers: Sara Pearson, Patrik Widrig   Music Director: William Yanesh   Fight Choreographer: Matthew R. Wilson   Scenic Designer: Ruthmarie Tenorio   Costume Designer: Kara Waala   Lighting Designer: Robert Denton   Sound Designer: Eric Shimelonis    Projections Designer: Andrew Cissna   Dramaturg: Jeff Kaplan   Stage Manager: Lauren Joy

Spring Awakening is based on a controversial 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, which was banned for a time in Germany because of its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide. The rock musical caused a sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 2006. Set in late 19th-century Germany, it tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality. Alternative and folk-infused rock music capture and reflect the emotional essence of the timeless experience of coming of age.

Join the artists for a Talk Back following the performances on March 1, 2, and 7.  The discussion on March 1 will feature the show’s designers.  March 2 will include the directors and cast.  On March 7,  a discussion will be held with a panel of guests.

SPRING AWAKENING is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-396-4684 www.MTIShows.com.


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Review in the Maryland Theatre Guide


Spring Awakening in the Diamondback


DC Metro Theatre Arts: Breaking Boundaries with Design at University of Maryland’s ‘Spring Awakening,’ Which Opens February 28th by Emily Schweich

MacDevitt has worked as an associate professor of lighting design at the university since 2009, and Spring Awakening marks his D.C. area directorial debut. He is joined by co-directors and celebrated choreographers Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig.

“We’re excited about it because initially . . . they were choreographing, I was directing, and then we merged it together,” MacDevitt said. “They’re experts in dance, and I’m more of an expert in theater, so we kind of find ourselves taking the leads in those two things, but it’s really open, and it’s been working great.”

By featuring directors with backgrounds in lighting design and dance, Spring Awakening reflects the intersectionality of design and performance in theatre.

Read the full article here