Presented at La Mama Carlton Courthouse
November 12 – 15

The 3 crimes of Georg Bendemann:   1. Disgraced the memory of his mother. 2. Betrayed his friend. 3. Tied his father up in bed, so that he could not move. “But tell me now, can he move or can’t he?”

The Judgement is a betrayal of biblical proportions and marks the second work in the Kafka trilogy by The Second Cousins (META 2014, Malthouse Helium Season). Oscillating between banal domesticity and nightmarish horrors, this new work examines how we simultaneously realize and imprison ourselves through the lens of the omniscient, omnipresent Father.

Conceived by Aaron Orzech and Samara Hersch
after Franz Kafka’s short story The Judgement

Directed by Samara Hersch

Devised and performed by Aaron Orzech, Mary Helen Sassman, Joshua Ferenbach, and Daniel Schlusser

Sound design and Composition by James Paul

Lighting design by Amelia Lever-Davidson

Set and costume design by Romanie Harper

Stage Manager & Production Manager: Ketura Budd

Documenter and assistant stage manager: Ebony Beaton

Special thanks to collaborating artists: Syd Brisbane and David Woods

Image by Pier Carthew


“Orzech and Hersch have produced a visual, provocative and sensual version of Kafka’s short story.”

-Theatre People