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Spring’s Awakening

Frank Wedekind, English version by Kenneth Tigar and Clayton Koelb
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Possibly the ultimate coming-of-age drama. The play follows a group of high-school friends in Victorian-age Germany who begin to experience their first sexual desires in a world where even talking about sex is taboo. Each struggles to travel the route from childhood to adulthood without a roadmap. Along the way they touch the heights of elation and the depths of despair while being forced to confront the problems of lust, sadism, masochism, rape, abortion, and homosexuality. Some survive the journey, others do not. Funny and horrifying by turns, the play explores the budding of those basic drives that make us who we are.

Production Info

Cast: 25 total (7 female, 18 male, some doubling)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Period Costumes
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About the Author


  • Frank Wedekind

    Benjamin Franklin Wedekind, usually known as Frank Wedekind, was a German playwright born in 1864 in Hanover, Germany. His work, which often criticizes bourgeois attitudes (particularly towards sex), is considered to anticipate expressionism, and he was a major influence on the development of epic theatre. He died in March 1918.

  • Kenneth Tigar

    Kenneth Tigar graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in German Literature. He then studied in Göttingen for a year as a Fulbright scholar. Shortly after earning a Harvard Ph.D. in German as well, he was offered an acting job with the Viennese theatre group Die Komödianten. The experience began his transition from the world of academia to the world of the theatre. Since then he has become a familiar face in films and on television. His credits span the distance from Barney Miller and the Lethal Weapon movies to The Good Wife and The Avengers. He has acted extensively in New York and regional theatres, performing Salieri in AMADEUS, Willy Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and Joe Keller in ALL MY SONS, amongst others. He has won a Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, two Dramalogue Awards, and South Florida's Carbonell Award; and he has appeared across the country in his one-man show I MUST BE MR. BOSWELL about the biographer of Dr. Johnson. He directed the national tour of THE GIN GAME with Academy Award–winner Kim Hunter and is also an accomplished opera director. A few years ago he returned to Austria to star in OLD WICKED SONGS at the Vienna English Theatre. Most recently he was seen on Broadway in Larry David's comedy FISH IN THE DARK.

  • Clayton Koelb

    Clayton Koelb is the Guy B. Johnson Distinguished Professor of German, English, and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A graduate of Harvard College (where he was a classmate of Kenneth Tigar) and of the Harvard Graduate School (PhD 1970), he is the author of many books and articles on European literature and culture. His translation of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice has been in print in the Norton Critical Edition series since 1994. His most recent books are The Revivifying Word: Literature, Philosophy, and the Theory of Life in Europe’s Romantic Age and Kafka: A Guide for the Perplexed.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/27/2016
Pages 88
ISBN 9780881456417

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

First produced at the Loeb Drama Center
of Harvard University in March 1966.

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Spring’s Awakening is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC