Out of the Shadows
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Out of the
Shadows: A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung
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
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.
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
A Story of Toni Wolff and Emma Jung, a play by Elizabeth Clark
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
Copyright © 2009
Elizabeth Clark Stern; Photo copyright © 2004 John Stern