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Away Home

June 2-3
Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre

Music and Lyrics by MATTHEW HAGER

Directed by Laura Bess Jernigan
Musical Director, Diane C. Petteway

FEATURING: DJ Brinson, Samantha Corey, Rebecca Bralley, Hayden Tyler, Chandler Vance,  Emily Steinhoff James, Ryan Vasconcellos, Chris Muntel

AWAY HOME is produced by Honest Pint Theatre Company, supported in part by a grant from Manbites Dog Theatre Fund, and presented in partnership with TheatreFEST ’23.

Honest Pint Theatre Co. and Manbites Dog Theatre Fund logos

Be a part of creating a new work by local artists! 

Honest Pint Theatre Co. is proud to present our second “workshop offering” of a new musical, AWAY HOME, we commissioned from North Carolina writer Tamara Kissane and composer Matthew Hager.

The story is based on what may be an urban legend of Franz Kafka and the lost doll. Guests of TheatreFEST at NC State University will get a glimpse of how a new musical work is developed, and will be among the first to preview the show, all leading up to a full-scale production in the future.

The Legend
One day at age 40, the novelist Franz Kafka (1883-1924), who never married and had no children, walked through the park in Berlin when he met a girl who was crying because she had lost her favorite doll. She and Kafka searched for the doll unsuccessfully.

Kafka consoled the girl by bringing her letters, supposedly written by the doll, recounting her exciting adventures around the world. Eventually, the story goes, Kafka brought her a different doll, passing it off as the original one. Years later the girl, now a woman, finds a note hidden inside the doll given to her by Kafka. It reads:

“Everything you love will probably be lost, but in the end, love will return in another way.”

Come see the progress made since last year’s workshop FOR FREE! We will feature new cast members and you will notice changes made by the writers since the last time we offered a public viewing. Share your feedback with us after the show!