Rebecca Katz Harwood

Rebecca Katz-Harwood

UMD Theatre is celebrating five years of partnership with the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: a partnership that gives students a variety of experiences with guest directors of a professional company ...

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Spring Awakening blooms this week at UMD, a raunchy rock musical based on a German play from 1891.

KUMD News Team member Jeyca Maldonado-Medina attended a rehearsal for a being-the-scenes look.

More information - and the trailer! - can be found here:

We talk with Rebecca Katz Harwood, Associate Professor in the UMD Department of Theatre about adaptation, transforming a story originally in another form into a play or film.  Citing several recent Broadway musical adaptations - Hamilton, Mary Poppins, The Producers, and The Lion King, to name a few - we explore whether adaptations can or should remain true to the original source, and ways that an adaptation may enhance or even shed new light onto the original material.