Jake Fruend
Such an extreme story called for an extreme image. Kafka deserves nothing less.

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I had the pleasure of collaborating with playwright Rachel DuBose on an adaptation of a crazy short story by - who else? - Franz Kafka for Mercy Street Theatre. The story, "A Report to an Academy," is told from the perspective of a chimpanzee who, after being shot and captured, learns to speak, smoke, drink, and think for himself.

In short: it's bananas.

Such an extreme story called for an extreme image. Kafka deserves nothing less.

Such an extreme story called for an extreme image. Kafka deserves nothing less.

While designing the half-human, half-animal qualities, I took inspiration directly from an old Twilight Zone episode, "The Eye of the Beholder."

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 My pal  Christopher Semel  and I had a quick shoot with model Alaina Moore, who gave us plenty of crazy expressions to work with.  We were just lucky to have found this crazy vintage monkey bank.

My pal Christopher Semel and I had a quick shoot with model Alaina Moore, who gave us plenty of crazy expressions to work with.

We were just lucky to have found this crazy vintage monkey bank.