Over the course of the production, the main character, Gregor, undergoes a mysterious change into a deformed and horrible creature that his family cannot bear. He used to hold the position of primary provider but with his new condition came a source of struggle and resentment by the rest of his family.
Upon initial discovery, he attempted to return to work but his boss eventually came up with an excuse to discard him. Unable to work, the family reluctantly finds new ways to provide for themselves. Understanding this is in the context of Gregor being unable to work and ill in some way, they all turn on him as proving, ultimately, to be an unsatisfactory person and dehumanize him overtime in affirmation of his “metamorphosis.” He is degraded like a monster and the family forgets all the early praises they sung of him. In truth, Gregor was always dehumanized as a worker for the family whose own aspirations and needs were secondary to their own. He is a victim of a selfish mentality who placed worth in him only so far as he is immediately able to provide in spite of his misery and all their appreciation is conditional on the fact that he continued to provide the bacon at home. It is a story that digs at any worker who ever felt devalued or unappreciated by their employer or family.
Watching live shows at home is an underwhelming experience. I still received thought-provoking entertainment, but the experience of going to a dedicated performance center and sharing a live experience with other people cannot be replicated alone in my bedroom with a computer. I ended my viewing of a depressive show only more aware of how much I miss being on-campus and the regular company of other people.
Jacob M Rominger