the Young Vic's
Based on A Report to an Academy by Franz Kafka
Adapted by Colin Teevan
Directed by Walter Meierjohann
Featuring Kathryn Hunter
In the New York Premiere of this savagely funny and poignant production from the Young Vic in London, Kathryn Hunter (Olivier Award winner, Complicité founding member) plays a reluctantly civilized ape who, dressed in white tie, tails and a bowler hat, addresses a group of distinguished scientists who have asked to hear about “his” prior life. Directed by Walter Meierjohann, Kafka’s Monkey is Colin Teevan’s powerfully theatrical adaptation of Franz Kafka’s 1917 story “A Report to an Academy.”
Kafka’s story is a typically elusive and mysterious allegory which has been variously related to the inflated human ego, the arrogant scientific ego, the anxieties of intellectual alienation, and Jewish assimilation (the story was first published in a Zionist magazine). In Kafka’s Monkey, Hunter’s uncanny performance becomes the central subject as she crouches, flexes, grooms and contorts herself while swigging from a hip flask and spitting and swearing to demonstrate her earliest forms of human imitation. Effectively sentenced to a life of performing, this resourceful ape is as desperate and determined as a Beckett tramp, longing for home and freedom yet settling for the dubious comforts and pseudo-freedom of the theater.
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Kafka's Monkey: small photo by Simon Annand / large photo by Keith Pattison