"Report to an Academy," Franz Kafka | Presented by Scena Theatre

"Report to an Academy," Franz Kafka | Presented by Scena Theatre

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Goethe-Institut Washington

1377 R Street Northwest

Suite 300

Washington, DC 20009

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Benefit theatre performance of the classic Franz Kafka short story, "Report to an Academy."

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Acclaimed German theatre director Gabriele Jakobi adapted Franz Kafka's Report to an Academy into a provocative drama featuring DC actor-director Robert McNamara of Scena Theatre.

The play centers on an intelligent ape named “Red Peter” who was captured in a West Africa hunting expedition and sent to Europe on a ship. To effect his survival, Peter learns to mimic and imitate the ship’s crew from his cage. By evolving to behave like a human, he devises an escape. Ultimately, Peter presents his fascinating tale of transformation—and the horrid details of his life in captivity—to a top scientific Academy.

McNamara’s performance brings a wild parable to life and compels patrons to ponder the issues of free will, animal rights, and vegetarianism. Report was first presented to sold-out houses in DC’s 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, and later staged in Europe in the Prague Fringe Festival and at English Theatre Berlin.

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