Franz Kafka’s “Metamorphosis” might not seem like a natural choice for a musical, but Auburn Public Theater has never been afraid of change.
Adapted to the stage by Matt Chiorini and Travis Newton, “Metamorphosis: The Musical” will open at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at the theater, 8 Exchange St., Auburn. Subsequent performances will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, and 2 and 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.
The show tells the story of Gregor Samsa, a man who wakes up one morning to find he’s become a cockroach, using low-tech theater conventions like puppetry, shadow play and black lights. Chiorini combined the 1915 novella with excerpts from Kafka’s “Dearest Father” letter, and conceived the show at Le Moyne College, where he is a professor. A beta version of the show premiered at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2018, where it was nominated for Best English Production.