Spring Awakening is based on a controversial 1891 play by German playwright Frank Wedekind, which was banned for a time in Germany because of its frank portrayal of abortion, homosexuality, rape, child abuse and suicide.

The rock musical caused a sensation when it premiered on Broadway in 2006. Set in late 19th-century Germany, it tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality.

Alternative and folk-infused rock music capture and reflect the emotional essence of the timeless experience of coming of age.

For more information, please visit claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/events/2014/spring-awakening

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