During rehearsals for the Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,”director Susan Galbraith asked actor Ari Jacobson to improvise some insect-like movements.
“At one point, he put his legs behind his head and flipped upside down on his chair,” Galbraith says, a technique they call his “satisfied after eating pose.”
Jacobson needs just that kind of creativity to pull this off. He plays Gregor Samsa, a man who wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into some sort of disgusting exoskeletal creature, to the horror of his family.
“Kafka didn’t provide a picture of the bug, so we couldn’t do a costume,” Galbraith says. “We had to find other ways to manifest insectness.”
The production uses ladders and incorporates projections (animated versions of Kafka’s own drawings —