Theater-by-the-Grove Presents New Adaptation of Coming-of-Age Story

Posted on 10/24/2019 9:58:50 AM

Awakening of Spring PhotoIndiana University of Pennsylvania's Theater-by-the-Grove will present The Awakening of Spring, written by Frank Wedekind, in a new adaptation by Carrie J. Cole and Rob Gretta. Directed by Rob Gretta, the production will run October 25 –26 and October 30–November 2 at 7:30 p.m. and October 27 at 2:00 p.m. on the Waller Hall Mainstage on the IUP campus.

Set in a small German town in 1922, this humorous and frank play traces the dawning sexual awareness of a group of teenagers who are simultaneously too innocent and not innocent at all. They struggle together to find truth in a world where falsehoods about adolescence prevail. “These teenagers live in a world that’s full of rules,” says Gretta. “Their lives are completely governed by these rules that their parents, teachers, and other figures of authority have laid out for them.” He goes on to say, “By telling this story in a new way, I’m interested in examining how their world starts to break down once these teens discover who they are, question and challenge established ‘norms,’ and rebel against authority. These themes make this story more relevant today than ever for a variety of audiences.”

The Awakening of Spring is suggested for audiences 16 years of age and older due to mature themes, sexual situations, and strong language.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313. They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $15 for regular admission, $12 for ages 60+, military and I-Card, and $10 for students and 18 and under. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., weekdays. The ticket office is closed for University holidays. For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or email

Theater-by-the-Grove is produced by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance and the College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.