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Lulu
by Frank Wedekind

Drama
2h 5min

Comprised of the dramas Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, Wedekind’s play has had a remarkably rocky creation, production and reception history: re-writes, private performances, bans, and re-worked into the drama Lulu in the end. The title character has served as the inspiration for films both silent and talkie, an opera by Alban Berg, a transposition by Robert Wilson with music by Lou Reed, a first performance of the original text in 1988 directed by Peter Zadek in Hamburg. And yet it has remained a story of projections and Lulu as object: a man writes it, other men programme the drama at theatres, yet other men stage their fantasies. Now it’s the time of #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein has been charged, the Nobel Prize for Literature has been suspended, toxic masculinity has been recognized in its brutal and degrading forms, and it’s increasingly being prosecuted. So it’s time for Lulu to be locked away in the cabinet of poisons. Or does Wedekind also sketch out a state of unrest and the brutal, societal organisation of oppression – which Lulu is finally able to talk about? Lilith Stangenberg returns to the Volksbühne in the role of Lulu.

Premiere: 30.05.19

Cast
With: Jan Bluthardt, Sandra Gerling, Waldemar Kobus, Andreas Leupold, Silvia Rieger, Sarah Maria Sander, Sylvana Seddig, Lilith Stangenberg, Theo Trebs, Moritz Carl Winklmayr

Musicians: Réka Csiszér, Michael Mühlhaus

Director: Stefan Pucher
Stage design: Barbara Ehnes
Costumes: Annabelle Witt
Lighting: Kevin Sock
Music: Christopher Uhe
Video: Meika Dresenkamp
Dramaturgy: Florian Feigl

29.10.19, 19:30
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