Melchior: Daniel Meyer O’Keeffe
Wendla: Eva Victor
Moritz: Julian von Nagel
Ilse : Alexandra Luce
Martha: Ismet Uner
Adult Men: Franck Bessone
Adult Women: Catherine Sullivan
The Boys: Will Brown, Maggie Donnels, Itai Levin, William Misener, DeAndre Wright
The Girls: Abby Arora, Maggie Donnels, Eliza Drinker, Claire Gelbart, Alyssa Mattocks, Kayla Rogers
On behalf of the entire Back à Dos team, I can say that we feel fortunate to be
part of a community that allows us to tackle such challenging material. We can
only hope that our audience found Spring Awakening not only entertaining, but
also insightful and inspiring as we explore teenage issues that are just as relevant
in 2012 as they were in 1892. Perhaps what you see here tonight will help start
another conversation either now, or some time in the future.
Spring Awakening is a representation of teenage emotions and situations, almost
all of which would be socially awkward or disturbing to bring up in a casual
conversation. This fact is really what makes the play so great: it takes what most
people would like to set aside and ignore and throws it at you in the purest, most
beautiful form imaginable. Also, there’s something magical about releasing my own
teenage angst by channeling it through a teenage character living in a different time
and place. It induces a comforting realization that all the subjects touched in the
play, good or bad, comical or dark, are universal.
Julian von Nagel (Moritz)
In the past months, I have come to realize that some of the topics addressed in Spring
Awakening still make a 21st-century person uncomfortable because these topics are
still relevant to us. In my work developing the character of Wendla, I have been able to
confront some of this taboo material in the safety of the stage, and I have found that
this piece transcends the individual actor or audience member. It is truly revolutionary.
And, as I have come to learn, it is the revolutionary art that provokes controversy.
Eva Victor (Wendla)
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