Dorothea Zeemann: Erbe

Apr 11 2024
Nestroyplatz 1
Vienna 1020
Phone: +43 1 8900314
Thursday, April 11, 2024
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As a survivor of the Holocaust, psychiatrist Dr. Alfons Adler returns to his childhood home in Vienna in 1945, wearing a US uniform. His former teacher, Prof. Dr. Reitknecht, celebrates his grandson Otto's seventh birthday in the house purchased for a pittance. Chocolate and cigarettes brought by Alfons are allowed to stay, but Alfons himself is asked to leave. However, Alfons refuses to give up his quest for humanity.

"Dorothea Zeemann's Legacy" casts an unflinching gaze upon the grotesque societal conditions of post-war Austria. Across three acts – in 1945, 1955, and 1960 – the Jewish protagonist, confronted with the legacy of National Socialism, futilely attempts to find belonging in his former and only home. Under the direction of Ingrid Lang, this play, which until recently existed only as a typescript in the literary archive of the Austrian National Library and has now been published by Sessler Verlag, receives its premiere. It was authored by a writer (1909 – 1993) who significantly influenced the Austrian literary scene of the post-war era.

Premiere: April 11, 2024, 8:00 PM
Additional performances on April 13, 14, 19, 20, 24 - 27, and May 2 - 4, 8, and 9, 2024, all at 8:00 PM
Following the performance on April 24, there will be a discussion with the production team.

Text: Dorothea Zeemann / Director: Ingrid Lang / Cast: Lukas Haas, Sophie Kirsch, Theresa Martini, Marie Cécile Nest, Dominik Raneburger, Peter Strauss / Live Music: Sixtus Preiss / Set and Costume Design: Marie-Luise Lichtenthal / Set and Costume Assistance: Johannes Kalchmair / Director's Assistant: Miriam Bauerstatter / Director's Intern: Annika Stifter / Lighting Design: Hari Michlits


April 14, 2024, 11:00 AM
Am I Free – and Can't Believe It?
A panel discussion about the person and author Dorothea Zeemann
Alexandra Millner in conversation with the author Anna Baar and the writer and essayist Franz Schuh

April 21, 2024, 11:00 AM
Living in Latency. Texts by Dorothea Zeemann
Reading: Mona Kospach and Veronika Glatzner / Compilation and Direction: Angela Heide

May 07, 2024, 7:00 PM
I Search for Flowers in Gasoline
Reading of theater pieces by Gerhard Rühm performed by Gerhard Rühm

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