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This show closed on May 17, 2020

About Metamorphosis

When Gregor Samsa awakes one morning from unsettling dreams, he realizes he’s been transformed into an insect. This widely acclaimed production combines breathtaking physicality and daring aerial action as the recently transformed Gregor negotiates a gravity-defying, split-level set. Domestic tragedy or a metaphor for totalitarian brutality? Metamorphosis is a disturbing story that will delight and astound.

Directed by Gísli Örn Garðarsson and David Farr, "Metamorphosis" is set to an evocative original soundtrack scored by world-renowned musicians Nick Cave and Warren Ellis ("The Road," "Lawless," "Hell or High Water," "Wind River"), creating an atmosphere that brilliantly translates Kafka’s distinct dream-like vision to the stage. "Metamorphosis" was a word-of-mouth sensation in Boston in 2013; don’t miss your chance to see it during its triumphant return to the Paramount Center.

Run Time

1hr 25min (No Intermission)

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Recommended for ages 12 and up.

It's grimly disturbing, but illuminated by such brilliant theatricality that it's impossible to tears your eyes away. Potent, startling, visceral and thoughtful.
The Times UK
When Cave’s famous baritone emerges in the twisted euphoric final scene, it marks the climax of truly special night of theatre.
Time Out Hong Kong
The triumph of the production is that it uses physical ingenuity to get to the tragic heart of Kafka's fable.
The Guardian

Robert J. Orchard Stage at Emerson Paramount Center

559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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