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'Spring Awakening'

October 10, 2012

An expose on the sexually oppressive culture of a provincial town in Germany in the late 19th century, 'Spring Awakening,' is a vivid dramatization of the resulting confusion and fantasies that its young people experience.

In 'Spring Awakening,' a mother refuses to answer her daughter's questions about reproduction and a school headmaster expells a student for writing an essay on sexuality. Image by CSU Photography.Studio Theatre
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street

Performance dates

October 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, & 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission to this production is limited to those 18 and older. Youth under 18 will not be granted admission.

Play censored for 63 years

Premiering in 1906, Spring Awakening follows the sexual awakening of a group of 14-year-olds. The play was adapted into a Broadway musical.

This cutting-edge classic launched the 20th century avant-garde theatre and was so boldly honest that it was not performed without censorship for sixty-three years. The play's subject matter includes puberty, sexuality, rape, child abuse, homosexuality, suicide, and abortion.

Trials no different a century ago

Described as a “tragedy of childhood,” Spring Awakening is about the springtime of life, and it is clear that being a teenager a century ago was no easier than being a teenager nowadays.

In the play, friends and classmates Hansy and Ernst confess their homosexuality to each other. Image by CSU Photography.The 13 members of the cast may speak in starchy language and wear old-fashioned clothes, but sexual discovery, parental pressure, and youthful angst are entirely recognizable.

Artists collaborate in premiere

The production is the Colorado premiere of Spring Awakening and represents a collaboration between the CSU Theatre program and guest artists. The play will be presented in a new translation by Denver Center Theatre’s Douglas Langworthy.

Guest artists include:

Thursdays free for CSU students

The theatre program at Colorado State University announces a special offer for current CSU students to attend performances.

The new Ticket Thursdays initiative allows CSU students to attend any Thursday performance of a theatre production for free!

  • Ticket Thursdays for Spring Awakening : October 4, 11, 18

Tickets are limited and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact UCA Ticket Office at (970) 491-ARTS (2787).

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891