New York City
When first published in Germany, 1774, The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, created a sensation. Banned and condemned but embraced — especially by the young — it has continued to captivate. Now, the Vortex Theater Company, after it’s ground-breaking and critically acclaimed productions of such classics as Maeterlinck’s The Blind, and Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, will add their own unique and modern twist to this classic text.
The Vortex Theater’s IN DELIRIUM: (after)the sorrows of young werther tells the classic story of a young man “seeking the infinite” in an art he cannot master and a woman he cannot have. Through a series of letters to his best friend, we feel the vague impassioned longing, the moody melancholy, the wayward love and indignation, the soft feeling and the stern philosophy, which characterize the hero and inevitably drive him to his tragic end. Goethe was only 24 when he wrote Werther, and it appeared to seize the hearts of men in all quarters of the world. Supposedly, over 2,000 readers commited suicide after reading this book at the time giving way to a modern theory of suicide dubbed “The Werther Effect.”
Opening night is Monday, April 3 at 8pm.
Group Sales Number (8+): 212-206-1764
Appropriate For Ages: 16+
Final performance: June 3, 2023
Final performance: June 1, 2023
Performances begin: June 1, 2023