The authentic 14-year (work) struggle of the American musician Abbie Conant against discrimination and for recognition and equality is portrayed on two levels, as a documentary and as a staged ironic comedy (Karin Ugwoski as a lawyer). In 1980, hired as the first solo trombonist by a German orchestra after an anonymous prelude behind a curtain, she was demoted to a second trombone after a year without a warning. A committed documentary that tries to evaluate its case in its social and cultural-historical context.
Old black and white pictures flicker on the huge screen above the stage. Kaliningrad when it was still Königsberg. "German was always spoken and felt German here," said a spokesman in the prevailing tone. Hitler smiles from behind a window. A German girl milks a cow. Behind it, the boys practice boxing. Cut. Children crawl out of a bunker, rubble all around. Cut. A golden yellow fried egg lands in a pan. Whack! "Königsberg" takes place in Berlin. It is the first production by the St. Petersburg film and theater director Andrei Nekrasov at the Volksbühne on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.
A Dream Play (Swedish: Ett drömspel) was written in 1901 by the Swedish playwright August Strindberg. An angel, the daughter of a god, travels the world and discovers human misfortune, an unhappiness that knows no salvation and no liberation. "It is a shame for the people," is the motto of the play, a sigh that, incidentally, shows that you can only really feel sorry for this strange species.
Ed Thomas is the most exciting playwright to come out of Wales" - the Guardian wrote. His play "Gas Station Angel" was published in 1998. Bron meets Ace six days after his house falls into the sea. Their families may share a past of fairies, angels, axe-murderers and chickens, but what do Bron and Ace need with the past when they've got imagination and a tinted glass blue Marina 1800 TC ready to drive into the heart of Saturday night?
The Legend of Paul and Paula is a play based on the novel "Die Legende vom Glück ohne Ende" (The legend of happiness without end) by Ulrich Plenzdorf. The love story of Plenzdorf should have been on the Volksbühne since 1981. However, the authorities at that time did not want to use this material. The piece was discontinued before it was even performed. Paula, the passionate bitch, must have been a thorn in the side of censorship. Because one does what she wants, even if her great freedom is only love. A dubious freedom, by the way, because she already has two children by two men.
"Rose Wars" (Rosenkriege) is a series of the Volksbühne. Richard III. - Der Fortschritt: The baddest of all rulers comes last: Johann Kresnik stages the last part of Shakespeare's Rose Wars in the Prater of the Volksbühne. His Richard is no less tyrannical, although he is one - played by Karin Neuhäuser. (Source: Der Spiegel)
"Rose Wars" (Rosenkriege) is a series of the Volksbühne. Gabriele Gysis staging of "Heinrich IV., 1 - Die Lohnarbeiter" is the second part of the Rose Wars project of the Volksbühne. The end is short and full of beauty. Even before the fight slackens, the rebel group sinks into the snow flurry, pulls the woolen blankets off the wheelbarrows they brought with them and watches the battle on video. Turmoil and slaughter from the "Falstaff" film by Orson Welles on four monitors, a tedious "What is honor - one word" on stage.
As the last premiere of this year, the Berlin Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz on December 30th will stage Gogol's "Dead Souls" on stage. The piece co-produced with the "Teatr Kreatur" is based on the eponymous novel Gogols. The production comes from Andrej Woron, head of the Teatr Kreatur, who also designed the stage and costumes. Gogol's novel tells the story of the Russian nobleman Chichikov, who buys deceased serfs, but who are still on the state tax lists, so that their owners must continue to pay taxes for them. (Source: Neues Deutschland)
Als letzte Premiere dieses Jahres bringt die Berliner Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz am 30. Dezember Gogols "Die toten Seelen" auf die Bühne. Das mit dem Teatr Kreatur koproduzierte Stück basiert auf dem gleichnamigen Roman Gogols. Die Inszenierung stammt von Andrej Woron, Leiter des Teatr Kreatur, der auch Bühne und Kostüme gestaltete.
Karl Grünberg was a German communist writer and journalist. His play "Golden fließt der Stahl", which premiered in 1950 at the Stadttheater Nordhausen and was particularly succsessful, works dramarturgically as a combination mystery thriller and socialist propaganda piece. At an important steel factory in the rebuilding GDR of 1949, an engeneer has disappeard, and his wife insists he did not defect to the West but rather was murdered; while solving the crime, she also discovers a saboteur, who is rehabilitated into society at the end of the play. (Source: Performing Unification)