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Illustration: Hannah Göppel, Silke Herwig

come as you are
(jokastematerial oder der kapitalismus wird nicht siegen)
by Fritz Kater
04.–06.12.20
main stage

Drama

Coproduction with Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

Berlin, Straße der Pariser Kommune, 2005 or 2015 or today. In this prefabricated high-rise in Friedrichshain, the paths of some rather lonely and rather eccentric people cross: a 72-year-old woman considers a Vietnamese grocer her adopted son, a man who used to be in prison tries to prevent a man who used to work in the arts from committing suicide, a blind woman from Denmark diagnoses someone with breast cancer, a single mother looks for a babysitter, a couple from Donbass earn a little money on their honeymoon in Berlin, an unemployed engineer lives in a storage cellar to be close to his 19-year-old daughter ... In Fritz Kater's new play, precarious social conditions lurk everywhere, economically speaking these figures will probably never get anywhere. Nevertheless, in this uncertainty, a lust for life, inventiveness, fatalistic over-charged elements and a surprising tenderness bloom, and that means this world is probably the best of all possible worlds because, in it, all this is possible.

For come as you are, Fritz Kater was inspired by Jocasta, the wife and mother of Oedipus, who was completely ignored by Sigmund Freud in his groundbreaking theory about the Oedipus complex and penis envy, but who is probably responsible in this dual role for the sexual and psychological neuroses of her sons (and men) (and perhaps daughters as well). The play was written for the Volksbühne and the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, and for actresses in both ensembles. At the Volksbühne it is situated in the context of the upcoming season's focus on antiquity and will be directed by Armin Petras, who has directed the world premieres of several plays by Fritz Kater at venues such as the Maxim Gorki Theatre, where he was artistic director from 2006 to 2013, before moving to the Schauspiel Stuttgart in the same capacity from 2013 to 2018. A mixed ensemble from both theatres will grace the stage.

Cast
With: Johanna Bantzer, Cathleen Baumann, Manolo Bertling, Julischka Eichel, Serkan Kaya, Paula Kober, Robert Kuchenbuch, Andreas Leupold, Wolfgang Michalek, Cennet Rüya Voß; Musician: Miles Perkin

Director: Armin Petras
Stage design: Annette Riedel
Costumes: Sophie Domenz
Music: Miles Perkins
Lighting: Kevin Sock
Dramaturgy: Julia Fahle / Felicitas Zürcher

04.12.20, 19:30
* Premiere

05.12.20, 19:30

06.12.20, 18:00

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