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Out of the Shadows


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Out of the Shadows: A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung

ISBN 978-0-9813939-4-0, 78pp (Play)
by Elizabeth Clark-Stern

The year is 1910. Sigmund Freud and his heir-apparent, Carl Jung, are changing the way we think about human nature and the mind. Twenty-two year old Toni Wolff  enters the heart of this world as Jung’s patient. His wife, Emma Jung,  is twenty-six, a mother of four, aspiring to help her husband create the new science of psychology. Toni Wolff’s fiercely curious mind, and her devotion to Jung, threaten this aspiration. Despite their passionate rivalry for Jung’s mind and heart, the two women often find themselves allied. Born of aristocratic Swiss families, they are denied a university education, and long to establish themselves as analysts in their own right. Passionate and self-educated, they hunger for another intellectual woman with whom to explore the complexities of the soul, the role of women in society, and the archetypal feminine in the affairs of nations.

Their relationship spans 40 years, from pre-World War I to the dawn of the Atomic Age. Their story follows the development of the field of psychology, and the moral and professional choices of some of its major players. Ultimately, Toni and Emma discover that their individual development is informed by both their antagonism, and their common ground. They struggle to know the essence of the enemy, the “other,” and to claim the power and depth of their own nature.

About the Author
Elizabeth Clark-Stern is a psychotherapist in private practice in Seattle, Washington. Before embracing this beloved work, she worked as a professional writer and actor. Her produced plays and teleplays include, All I Could See From Where I Stood, Help Wanted, and Nana Sophia’s Oasis. Out of the Shadows began as an independent study at Antioch University. Revised some years later, the International Association of Analytical Psychologists invited the original production to be performed at the International Jungian Congress in South Africa in 2007. 


A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung, a play by Elizabeth Clark Stern,
with Rikki Ricard as Emma Jung (left) and Elizabeth as Toni Wolff 

The year is 1910. The work of Sigmund Freud, and his heir-apparent, Carl Jung, are transforming the way the world thinks about human nature and the inner recesses of the mind. It is a time of experimentation, expansion, and new frontiers of intellectual power. Into the heart of this world steps a 22 year old woman, a new patient of the now famous analyst, Carl Jung. Toni Wolff brings a new voice into this creative vortex that also includes Jung’s wife, Emma. The three of them form an unconventional triangle where the women compete for the role of Jung’s intellectual muse with more passion than they care about who shares his bed.  

Who were these women to each other? We know that both were intellectual, independent, self-educated, at a time when Swiss women did not attend university. They were arguably quite hungry for another woman to talk to about ideas.   

The play also explores the nature of Emma’s clandestine correspondence with Sigmund Freud, the separate relationship each woman had with C.G. Jung, and how this informed the women’s connection to each other. The themes of this story are endemic to our modern world: the nature of power, the complexity of relationships, oppression, betrayal, corruption, and redemption. The production features psychoanalyst/actor Rikki Ricard as Emma Jung, and Elizabeth Clark Stern, playwright/therapist/actor, as Toni Wolff. Directed by therapist/artist/director, Shierry Nicholsen.

Out of the Shadows premiered at the International Jungian Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in August, 2008. A staged reading of Nana Sophia's Oasis, Elizabeth Clark Stern's newest play, was done on Saturday, April 12, 2008, 8 p.m. at the COR Northwest Family Development Center 1711 12th Ave Seattle 98122.

Copyright © 2009 Elizabeth Clark Stern; Photo copyright © 2004 John Stern

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