WOYZECK: AN EXAMINATION ON MENTAL HEALTH
Directed by Jane Smythe
Written by Georg Büchner, trans. Victor Price
To kick off the their season of exploring identity performance, the UC Follies presents Woyzeck, by German playwright Georg Büchner, translated by Victor Price. Woyzeck is the influential story of a distraught soldier oppressed by his class and social conditions. Written in 1836 but performed in 1913, Woyzeck offers layering commentaries on the fragile human psyche and the inadequacy of clinical trials. In order to make money to support his wife, Marie, Woyzeck performs jobs for his Captain as well as taking part in a torturous medical experiment for the Doctor. As part of the experiment, Woyzeck is forced to eat nothing but peas. We witness his escalation to a desperate attempt to hold onto his mind.
“Produced by the UC Follies in the historical outdoor venue of the University College Quadrangle, Woyzeck is set during ‘outdoor time’ at a 1960s mental health institution, a time when such health care was on the breach of modernity. It will be presented by a 5 part, all female ensemble putting on a play for their visiting loved ones. Using movement and different mediums of art, Georg Büchner’s play raises relevant concerns of the harsh and cyclical reality of mental illness and its effect on arts workers. The emphasis of such central themes seek to lift the stigma that surrounds mental health in a modern age.” Jane Smythe, Director.
September 17, 18, 19 at 7:30pm
September 25, 26, 27 at 7:30pm
University College Quadrangle- 15 King’s College Circle (Middle of UC Building)
Tickets: $10 students | $15 adults | Group bookings also available!
Recommended for age 16+ | Approximately 60 minutes
Media Contact: Dorcas Chiu | 416-436-0726 | firstname.lastname@example.org |
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