Returning favorites—Spring Awakening

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by Matthew A. Everett • June 19, 2008 • No, not the musical (though that certainly can’t be far off…)

This wasn’t on my 2003 pre-Fringe Top 10 list, but did get a special mention just because it piqued my interest.

Spring Awakening

now presented in 2008 by

Blue Water Theatre Company

Single White Fringe Geek (and Mom) is the blog of Matthew A. Everett, one of four bloggers covering the Minnesota Fringe Festival for the Daily Planet.

Preliminary blurb…

“Sex, drugs, and Wagner run wild in Spring Awakening, the story of a group of German teenagers who , in 1891, must find their way out of adolescence and enter adult society in a most confusing time in their lives.”

Don’t know boo about these folks, or how they’re planning to present the story, but just like before, the choice of play gets my attention. What I said back then still applies…

“Actually, this time I’m lobbying for a script that’s something of an old friend…

Spring Awakening

I know it may seem odd to form a sentimental attachment to a German expressionist play that features sexual repression (and abandon), abortion, suicide, and a creepy (and oddly funny) climax (the structural kind) in a graveyard, but there you have it.

The plays you get exposed to (no pun intended) in college sometimes follow you like stray puppies on the street into adulthood.

And it’s not just the end that’s kind of amusing. The play is rife with both comfortable and uncomfortable humor…

So I’m going to revisit an old friend. And I’d urge you, whether you’ve seen it in the past or not, to join me. A large ensemble piece just doesn’t get done every day anymore, even in a theater town like this one. Just one more thing the Fringe makes possible.”

Spring Awakening

Lab Theatre
(former 2nd home of the Guthrie, recently home to Menopause the Musical, and now, the Fringe)
July 31 – 7pm
August 2 – 4pm
August 5 – 7pm
August 7 – 5:30pm
August 10 – 4pm

Entering his sixth year of blogging about the Minnesota Fringe Festival (and bringing Mom along for the ride as a guest reviewer), Matthew A. Everett is also a local playwright and three-time recipient of grant support from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Information on Matthew and his plays can be found at matthewaeverett.com.