Director's Note

Within every woman’s body exists two entangled but distinct minds. 

 

To be a woman is to harbor and nurture both the self and the refracted image of the self through man's eyes. 

 

To be a woman is to be a contradiction. 

To be a woman is to always be at war with oneself. 

To be a woman is to know oneself as both the tormentor and the tormented. 

 

To know and love the monster and the victim. 

 My Lulu is a woman.

Wedekind’s Lulu is an expression of an ideology.  

Wedekind’s Lulu is a story. 

My Lulu is a feeling.

-Lauren Komer 

Dramaturg's Note

As one of the writers on this project, my job was to tell you a story, to communicate to you a vital, living truth. As the dramaturg, it was my job to locate that truth in time, in history, and in narrative. 

 

Much of what I have to say has already been said, in the piece itself, or in the extensive dramaturgical work available at the end of the production for you to parse your own way through on your own time. All I hope to impress upon you here, at the beginning of your journey, is that this work does not stand alone. Its roots are buried deep in theatrical tradition, in Christian mythology, in Western society, in the disturbing depths of Wedekind’s psyche, and in the constantly experienced violence of patriarchy. It is fragments, and it is feelings, and it is very much a look into the inner workings of Lauren Komer’s brain. 

 

But most importantly, this production grows—it shifts and changes and becomes—through you. You will choose your path. You will seek and find. You will determine the truth that we have told. 

 

“I have never in the world wished to be anything different from what I am taken for, and I have never in the world been taken for anything different from what I am.”

-Olivia Ellson