Auburn Public Theater presents Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical

Auburn Public Theater presents Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical, an original musical play by Matt Chiorini and Travis Newton

Auburn Public Theater presents Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical, an original musical play by Matt Chiorini and Travis Newton. Featuring an all local cast & creative team, this work was conceived at Le Moyne College by The Shylock Project and premiered in a beta version to critical acclaim at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2018, nominated for “Best English Production.” The APT performances in summer 2019 come at the end of an exciting summer for this quirky original play, with performances at the prestigious Capital Fringe Festival in D.C. and the New York Musical Festival in NYC. The Kafka crew is also celebrating the release of their world premiere recording on Grammy winning label Broadway Records this summer.
Kafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical is unlike anything you have seen before. It tells the story of Kafka’s most famous novella through a dizzying array of low-tech theatrical conventions: including puppetry, shadow play, and blacklights, with an all-star quartet of actors. Meghan Lees (Mother), Jack Rento (Gregor Samsa/Franz Kafka), Morgan Smith (Grete) join creator Matt Chiorini who plays Father while also doubling as pit musician by playing guitar on stage.
Franz Kafka’s novella The Metamorphosis written in 1918 tells the story of Gregor Samsa’s transformation into a cockroach, much to the horror of his family. Not a story that is normally thought of as comedic, this musical adaptation plays up the absurdist nature of the source material to bring humor, levity & joy to the tale. Critic Joe Lombardi at the NY Musical Festival 2019 said: “The treatment of the absurdist source material and this musical’s riff on that tone is impressive. Audience members were noticeably smiling throughout.”

Musical Creator Matt Chiorini combined the novella with excerpts from Kafka’s infamous “Dearest Father” letter, which is a firsthand account of Franz Kafka’s fraught relationship with his father. Chiorini cleverly interweaves these two famous, serious source materials, into a surprisingly funny musical. The show plays up the joyful and absurd with a good dose of jazz hands, and pop/klezmer inflected numbers. This makes for a funny, bittersweet, empathetic tale that audiences can connect with, whether or not they are familiar with the literature that inspired this musical.
All performances will be followed by a Q&A with the cast & creators. CDs of their world premiere Broadway Records cast recording will be on sale and available to be signed after each performance as well. APT will also hold a raffle at all performances to benefit the theater, raffle tickets are $20 and the prize is a trip to NYC in November which includes: two tickets to Hamilton on Broadway, a two-night stay in Dream NYC Hotel Midtown, a $250 gift certificate for dinner at Del Frisco’ s Double Eagle Steakhouse, and a $250 gift certificate for dinner at any Tao Group restaurant. The winner will be drawn on October 19th at Stand Up Comedian Ahamed Weinberg. The winner does not have to be present at the show to win. Raffle tickets will be on sale at all APT live events until October 19.
Auburn Public Theater is a non-profit multi-venue performing arts center located in the heart of downtown Auburn. Offering live events (music, comedy, theater, lectures), cinema, community events, a weekly open mic, arts education, & grants for artists and arts organizations, Auburn Public Theater is a place where all are welcome. Tickets to all events are available online at or by calling the box office on Fridays 10am-2pm and Mondays 10am-2pm at 315-253-6669. The box office opens 1 hour before all shows.


WhatKafka’s Metamorphosis: The Musical. Q&A after each show. World premiere Broadway Records CD on sale after each show. Raffle tickets to win a trip to NYC to see Hamilton on Broadway also on sale at each show, raffle benefits APT.

When: opens Friday July 26 at 8pm. Performances July 26, 27, August 1 & 2

Where: Auburn Public Theater 8 Exchange St. Auburn, NY 13021

Tickets $35, $32 group sales, $10 student rush (with ID) 

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