Kafka’s Quest, a.k.a. Kafka/Samsa

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Date(s) - 02/26/2015
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“Kafka’s Quest, a.k.a. Kafka/Samsa” is a quasi-realistic play by the late playwright Lu Hauser that imagines the family life of Gregor Samsa, the tragic victim of Kafka’s “Metamorphosis,” and his friendship with an historic Yiddish Theater actor and actress in Prague, prior to the events of the famed novella. Set in Prague in 1912, it portrays Gregor Samsa (the name Kafka personified himself with in the book) as torn between his father, who wants to keep him on the straight and narrow with a full time job, and his friendship with artists of the Yiddish Theater, who want him to join and write for them. His father’s bankruptcy forces Gregor to become the breadwinner of the family, which has been forced to take in two mysterious lodgers to make ends meet. The back and forth between the two poles of Gregor’s life will culminate in “The Metamorphosis.” Theater for the New City will present the play’s world premiere February 26 to March 15, directed by Manfred Bormann.