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FALL 2017  -  10th anniversary free run

KNOCK or The Triumph of Medicine

by Jules Romains

Translated and directed by David Valayre

September 8, 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8:00 p.m.

September 11 & 18 at 3:00 p.m.

The Southside Theater

Fort Mason Center

San Francisco

Jules Romains and Lise Dreyfus

      Knock opened in Paris on December 15, 1923. One month earlier, Hitler and the Nazi Party had attempted to take control of Bavaria (the Beer Hall Putsh), and failed. When they occupied Paris, in 1940, the Nazis prohibited the staging of Knock, and Jules Romains had to find refuge on the American continent until the end of the Second World War.  

    So, yes, Knock is a satire and a caricature of the medical profession as a money-making business, but it is a caricature in the style of George Grosz, biting both the puppets and the puppet master. Doctor Knock, whose character has sometimes been analogized to that of Nosferatu the Vampire, feeds on the fears of a population much too eager to submit.  Doctor Knock's putsh succeeded in 1923 -- Hitler's followed ten years later.

R. David Valayre 

Healthy people are sick people in denial.

Doctor Knock



Professors of the Paris Medical School, by Adrien Barrère (1904)

Translation & Direction 

David Valayre


Erik Satie


Fabien Ferhani

Karen Sellinger

David Valayre

Vishalini Mona Vimal

Ket Watters


Charles Keen


Katrina van Winkle


Jonathan Loo

Production Consultant,

Costume Design & Makeup

Vishalini Mona Vimal

Artistic Collaboration

Edith Gladstone

Alan Badger

A GenerationTheatre Presentation

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