Hunchback | Walltown Children's Theatre | Stage | Indy Week

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Hunchback

When: May 11-20 2017

Jaybird O'Berski noticed the effect when he first saw David Lynch's The Elephant Man. When the title character, who looked so fearsome at first sight, was transformed for his date with Princess Alexandra at the theater, O'Berski realized ugliness and beauty are capricious values that can be rewritten, switched, or erased. "The brain retrains itself," O'Berski says. "Fear factors are built into signifiers we're not used to—a substance might poison us, a snake can bite you, but familiarity can remove these factors." Hipsters in a present-day Swedish pop band impersonate nineteenth-century aristocrats (who are impersonating others in turn) in this devised theater work about disfigurement and desire. William Dawson provides the music; the video trailer's at http://po.st/hunch. —Byron Woods

Price: $12

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