THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, Presents:
Salzmann’s worldview was completely reversed after his father, a fanatical Nazi, committed suicide in 1945. The traumatic event caused Salzmann to start drinking. It wasn’t until 1976 when he read an interview about an author, who survived the 1933 Nazi book burnings, that pushed him to wander around the flea markets, collecting almost all the surviving works. Thirty years passed, his story was publicized by a journalist, admiring him for his work.
In another corner of the world, an unknown psychological experiment is quietly being unfolded. Stanley, a Ph.D. student in psychology, suffers from severe depression. Professor Frank Han tries to help him by leading a whole lab to study the story of Salzmann, analyzing his language, behavior, and emotions. They use Germany in World War I & II as an experimental object of depression research, analyzing Nazi Germany and the German people over and over again. Their research eventually evoke associations with their own lives.
As the discussion deepened, Salzmann passes through this German research event on depression. They discuss the exile of the Germans, the suffering of the Germans, and the father of the Germans. In the whisper of Salzmann shouting “I want to be resurrected”, somebody wakes up…
Producer: Han Zhang
Production Manager: Rose Wong
Stage Manager: Jingyi Song
Projection Design: Thomas Yang
Sound Design: Jingyi Song
Lighting Design: Alex Bartenieff
Graphic Design: Yueyue Zhou
Board of Production: Ricky W., Jay Lai, Black Sheep Lab
Barry Reitman, Marc Cerbia, Sanio Kurtesevic, Jolynn Carpenter, Pamela Joy, Emery Lawrence, Steven Gamble