EXIT Studio, 156 Eddy St, SF
FRIDAY Sept 6 7:00 PM StormStressLenz
SUNDAY Sept 8 2:30 PM StormStressLenz
SATURDAY Sept 14 9:00 PM StormStressLenz
THURSDAY Sept 19 7:00 PM StormStressLenz
Poison. Inexplicable, instant love. Mistaken bedfellows. Lots and lots of fainting. If this all sounds crazy, that’s because it is. Welcome to the weirdly emotional world of Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”), 18th century Germany’s gift to theatre. StormStressLenz looks at four plays by J. M. R. Lenz, the movement’s strangest author, selects 30 insanely dramatic bits, freshly translates them, shuffles them grossly out of context, and acts the heck out of them.
Martin Schwartz (concept, adaptation, direction) is primarily a playwright, with professional background in translation and dramaturgy. Writing credits include 2009 Best of San Francisco Fringe winner Cockroach (http://bit.ly/ZdITHu, additionally featured at the 2010 WOW Festival); Comedy Ballet (2010, The Garage, EXIT Stage Left); and TUTOR: enter the exclave (2011, EXIT Studio, 2012 Space 55 Phoenix, http://bit.ly/Wt0qjV). TUTOR was listed by the Phoenix New Times’ Julie Peterson as one of Phoenix’s ten best shows of 2012. Martin co-wrote and assistant directed Dark Porch’s fantastical 2009 musical extravaganza The In Betweens and dramaturged and performed in 2011′s Eleanor. He has contributed dramaturgy to several American Conservatory Theatre mainstage productions, including Hedda Gabler, After the War, Blackbird, and The Rainmaker.
Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz (1751-1792) was a Prussian preacher’s son born near Riga. In the three years between 1774 and 1777, he wrote six plays, which won and then lost the respect of the reigning eminences of German literature: Goethe, Schiller, Herder. He was found dead on a snowy Moscow street at the age of 41. His exuberant drama is an undisputed treasure of German letters. StormStressLenz uses excerpts from four of these plays: The Tutor, The New Menoza, The Englishman, and The Soldiers.
Ensemble: Nathan Tucker, Margery Fairchild, Ryan Hayes, Meg Hurtado, Rik Lopes