Productions
In The Penal Colony

An historic collaboration of world-class artists, this world premiere piece of music, theatre, and movement will be a rare opportunity for Seattle audiences to experience an international theatrical event.

Commissioned by ACT, internationally- renowned composer Philip Glass has created a spellbinding and stirring original score for string quintet. Based on one of Kafka’s masterpieces, In the Penal Colony is a heart-stopping tale about the dehumanization of the individual. Using Kafka’s resounding voice as a starting platform, Glass and director >oAnne Akalaitis, collaborating with a brilliant design team including >ohn Conklin, Susan Hilferty, and Jennifer Tipton, and choreography by Pat Graney, complete an approach to theatre that will stretch the boundaries of conventional storytelling.

ACT’s production of In the Penal Colony combines one of the greatest works of literature of the early 20th century with one of the greatest American composers’ first work of the 21st century, creating a hypnotic, beautifully realized, and thrilling way for us to learn from the past and imagine the future.
About the Play
Written By: Philip Glass - Music
Fanz Kafka - Original Story
Rudolph Wurlitzer - Libretto
Wikipedia: Read Article

About the Production
Run Dates: 8/26/2000 - 10/1/2000
Program: Program (.pdf)
Directed By: JoAnne Akalaitis
Cast: John Duykers - Visitor
Jose J. Gonzales - Kafka
Steven M. Levine - Soldier
Eugene Perry - Officer
Herbert Perry - Officer
Matt Seidman - Condemned Man
Music: Tom Dziekonski - Violin
Virginia Dziekonski - Cello
Carlos A. Flores - Violin
Todd Gowers - Double Bass
Michael Lieberman - Viola
Patrick Stephens - Rehearsal Pianist
Behind the Scenes: Geoffrey Alm - Fight Coach
Amela Baksic - TCG Design Intern
Willa Bepler - Assistant Director
Steven Cochran - Assistant Lighting Designer
John Conklin - Set Designer
Gordon Edelstein - Artistic Director
Liz Engelman - Dramaturg
Pat Graney - Movement Choreographer
Susan Hilferty - Costume Designer
Alan Johnson - Conductor; Music Director
Celise Kalke - Dramaturg
Anne Kearson - Stage Manager
Dominic Kramers - Sound Designer
Paul Kroshus - Stage Management Intern
Steven M. Levine - Fight Captain
Jim Loder - Managing Director
Sean McEnaney - Dialect Coach
Michael B. Paul - Assistant Stage Manager
Linda Ross - Assistant Costume Designer
Jennifer Tipton - Lighting Designer
Vito Zingarelli - Producing Director
In The Penal Colony