21 Feb

The Trial opens March 2!!

Joseph K. has been arrested – but no one will tell him the crime.

Franz Kafka’s The Trial follows the incredible ill fortune of Joseph K., who wakes up one morning to discover that he’s been arrested on unnamed charges. Throughout the play, K. struggles futilely against a secretive and tyrannical court system, only to come to a surprising and unsettling conclusion.

Join us for a fascinating night of modern theatre! Go on a thought-provoking journey with a very talented cast and crew. Please note, this production is not recommended for children under 12. Shows run March 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.wlhstheatre.org or at the PAC box office.

Direction, Set & Lighting Design by Jon Ares
Costume Design by Elyse Grimaldi
Sound Design by Dylan Jahnson & Kaiden Randall
Original Compositions by Dylan Jahnson

For many, The Trial is seen as a spot-on critique of totalitarian governments such as Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union or Nazi Germany, where civil rights were suspended and individuals persecuted on the barest suggestion of civil disobedience. The Trial can also be interpreted as a critique of the unwieldy bureaucratic systems that characterize any modern government, both totalitarian and democratic.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) was a Czech-born German-language writer whose surreal fiction vividly expressed the anxiety, alienation, and powerlessness of the individual in the 20th century. Kafka’s work is characterized by nightmarish settings in which characters are crushed by nonsensical, blind authority. Thus, the word Kafkaesque is often applied to bizarre and impersonal administrative situations where the individual feels powerless to understand or control what is happening.  – Merriam-Webster