Ego Actus presented Kafka’s Belinda by J.B. Alexander and Bruce A! Kraemer, directed by Joan Kane.
The show opened May 22, 2015 at the Museum of Alchemists in Prague, Czech Republic in the Prague Fringe Festival.
Franz Kafka and girlfriend Dora Diamont were walking through a park in Berlin when they met Lissette, a young girl crying that she had lost her beloved doll, Belinda. They tell her that the doll is not lost, Belinda just ran away to see the world. They bring her postcards inspired by Kafka’s short stories, detailing Belinda’s adventures. We recreate the legend of Belinda to explore how imagination can heal loss and grief.
The cast featured J.B. Alexander, Olivia Scott, and Nicola McEldowney
The crew included costumes by Cat Fisher, lights by Bruce A! Kraemer and sound by Storm Garner.
“What first appears to be charming and clever becomes disorienting and provocative. Kafkaesque indeed. The cast is solid and convincing. Even that damned doll!” Michael Calcott’s Fringey Bits, May 22, 2015
“Referencing the animation of a life of a doll with another doll which allows Kafka it lose himself in his imagination without quite knowing who it’s really for or about just makes the play all the more Kafkaesque.” Susanne Kass in Prague Film & Theater Center, May 23, 2015
The show was nominated for an Inspiration Award for new work.
Photo Credit Storm Gardner