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Bowdoin Senior Adapts Kafla Novel

Story posted November 15, 1997

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College senior Adrienne Weiner will present her own adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Trial" on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Atrium, Druckenmiller Hall.

Weiner's production, called "Peepholes," is open to the public free of charge.

The performance is part of Weiner's honors project on Kafka's work. Weiner, a German and biology major from Fargo, N.D., decided she wanted to do something other than a thesis after studying Kafka's short stories, novels, letters and journal entries.

"I wanted to give a little bit of what I've been studying back to the community," Weiner said.

Weiner decided to adapt "The Trial" and borrow from other works for "Peepholes." The play begins with a scene from another of Kafka's works, "The Judgment," and includes excerpts from the Bible.

"Peepholes" focuses on the "obsessive perverseness" of Kafka's works, delving on the themes of voyeurism and patriarchy. The ensemble includes 10 student actors, two dancers and a three-person production staff.

Weiner's advisor for the project is Steven Cerf, German professor.

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