CHICAGO — The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Steven Berkoff’s “Metamorphosis” in the Fullerton Stage Theatre in the Theatre School building located at Racine and Fullerton. The production premieres Feb. 6 and runs through Feb. 15. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are Feb. 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m.
About the play: Gregor Samsa, an overworked salesperson, wakes up from disturbing dreams to find he has transformed into an insect-like creature. His new condition disorients the Samsa family household who depend on him for their bread and butter. Gregor can’t communicate, can’t get enough to eat, and he certainly can’t head into work. His desperation grows, as does his family’s, as the world they thought they knew is turned upside down.
Adapted from Franz Kafka’s novella, this surreal and disturbing account of a dysfunctional family is directed by Kelvin Wong, MFA directing, class of 2015.
Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Subscriptions and group rates (six or more people) are available. All tickets are reserved seating. Tickets are available by calling 773-325-7900 or visiting the online box office at http://theatre.depaul.edu.
The Theatre School at DePaul University is located at 2350 N. Racine Ave. (at Fullerton). The school is easily accessible via the Fullerton CTA Station and the Fullerton (74) bus. Visitors and audience members may park in DePaul University’s Clifton Parking Deck, 2330 N. Clifton Ave. Please call the box office for more information.
The performance will be audio described Feb. 15 at the 2 p.m. performance with a pre-performance touch tour for patrons who are blind or have low-vision. Call 773-325-7900 for information. The Feb. 15 performance also will be interpreted in American Sign Language; TTY: 773-325-7975. Feb. 11 is USO of IL Night. U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families can attend the 7:30 p.m. performance for free. Visit www.tixfortroops.org to reserve tickets, or call 773-325-7900 for more information. Additional special events include an opening night reception on Feb. 6 following the performance, and post-show discussions Feb. 8 and 12.
The cast features Trevor Bates as Gregor, Regan Deal as Mrs. Samsa, Erinn Fredin as Gregor 3/Ensemble, Bernard Gilbert as Chief Clerk/Lodger 3, Kayla Holder as Greta, Sam Krey as Gregor 2/Ensemble, Maya Malan-González as Lodger 2/Ensemble, Hugh Smith as Mr. Samsa and Harrison Weger as Lodger 1/Ensemble.
The production staff includes Kelvin Wong, director; Greg Pinsoneault, scenic designer; Lara Hall, costume designer; Vada Briceno, lighting designer; Matt Reich, sound designer; Krissy Begeske and Maggie Mohr, dramaturg; and Mario E. Wolfe, stage manager.
Director Wong is in his third and final year of the directing program at The Theatre School. He received the Michael Maggio Memorial Scholarship for his final academic year and previously was director-in-residence at The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre where he designed, devised and directed productions across Malaysia and Singapore.
Wong has attended workshops with artists from Australia, Chile, Germany, Ireland and Japan. His favorite productions include Eugène Ionesco's “Macbett” (2013), Klpac’s “INDICINELIVE! IV” (2012), Steve Yockey’s “Cartoon” (2011), Arthur Kopit’s “Oh Dad, Poor Dad” (2010) and T4YP’s “Mukabuku” (2009). His Theatre School credits include Douglas Carter Beane's “The Little Dog Laughed” (2014), Peter Weiss's “Marat/Sade” (2014), Hideki Noda's “The Bee” (2013) and Mike Bartlett’s “Contractions” (2013).
Wong’s upcoming projects include a spring internship with WaxFactory in New York. He is a recurring nominee at the Malaysian Cameronian Arts Awards and speaks Malay, Indonesian, Cantonese and Mandarin.