BY OLGA BACH BASED ON “PROFESSOR BERNHARDI” BY ARTHUR SCHNITZLER
Director: Ersan Mondtag
“Professor Bernhardi” is a realistic depiction of the in-house machinations of academic, political and hospital life at the turn of the century – and of life in general. Central to this is the growing anti-Semitism used by numerous opponents of Professor Bernhardi, a Jew, to pursue their own career goals and oust Bernhardi from his position. Catholicism merely serves to conceal their unscrupulous and selfish actions. In “Professor Bernhardi”, Schnitzler negotiates a struggle between enlightenment, rationality and dogmatism, and focuses on the question of the how to “do the right thing”. In her play “Dr. Alici”, Olga Bach takes up Arthur Schnitzler’s conflicts and questions and adapts them to our times. Where are the lines of conflict between ethics and politics today? How far are people willing to go for their careers? And how do decisions made today affect the future? With bizarre figures and a dystopian setting, she takes a critical look at our present. The hospital becomes the police headquarters and Professor Bernhardi becomes Dr. Alici. A woman replaces the male character, and Judaism is swapped for Islam. The conflicts are not the same, just as the past does not repeat itself. But the creeping changes in human coexistence and collaboration, the subtle mechanisms with which racism becomes socially acceptable, and the corruption of politics find their contemporary counterpart in “Dr. Alici “. The setting is Bavaria in the year 2023, two months before the Bavarian state elections. The production is directed by Ersan Mondtag, who has worked with Olga Bach on several occasions – and now for the second time at the Münchner Kammerspiele – and whose productions “Tyrannis” and “Die Vernichtung” (also by Olga Bach) were invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen.