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The Kafka Project

January 9, 2012

Walt Jones, the cast, and creative team in the Theatre Program present a world premiere of The Kafka Project, a work sampling the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, one of the most important writers of the 20th century.

Kafka's 'Metamorphosis,' considered one of the seminal works of short fiction of the 20th century, begins with a traveling salesman waking to find himself transformed into a monstrous, insect-like creature.The School of the Arts presents a collectively-created work sampling the bizarre world of Franz Kafka, an insurance salesman from Prague who was arguably one of the most important 20th century writers, but whose works were not published until after his death.  

The production is being directed by Walt Jones, director of the Theatre Program, and will be presented in the University Center for the Arts' University Theatre.

Amalgamation of major works

The project will feature stagings of six major works, and entries from his diaries and letters.  

  • A Hunger Artist is a first-person monologue by a man who, as a side-show act, is starving himself to death.
  • In A Report to an Academy, an ape tells a group of scientists why he chose to become a man.
  • The Penal Colony describes the last use of an elaborate torture and execution device that carves the sentence of the condemned prisoner on his skin in a script before letting him die, all in the course of twelve hours.

The centerpiece of this haunting evening is Kafka's most famous work, Metamorphosis, based on the playwright's 1915 alienation fable of the same name. In this six-legged nightmare, a traveling salesman named Gregor Samsa awakes one morning transformed into a bug.

The actor playing Gregor scrambles over walls, over furniture and down banisters without the aid of wires or harnesses, the wrenching sense of a terrified creature being drained of life as he seems to defy gravity on the out-of-kilter set filled with cleverly disguised strategic grips, trompe l’oeil and trampoline flooring.


  • December 8-10, 7:30 p.m.
  • January 31, 7:30 p.m.
  • February 1-5, 7:30 p.m.


  • $9: CSU students
  • $18: public

For tickets visit: Advance purchase is highly recommended to avoid at-the-door ticket fees.

Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603