ABSTRACT In 2022, I adapted for the stage Franz Kafka’s 1914 short story “In the Penal Colony” and intertextualized the text with devised narratives about the body in pain. I theorize both the staged performance and this reflexive essay as a method of embodied intertextual resistance within literary performance practice to unearth the relationships between performance and writing, body and machine, and the page and the stage. I highlight three moments of intertextual vignettes within the production to highlight the role of literary performance in healing both ourselves and the world around us.

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