Kammer 3

SUSN

By Herbert Achternbusch

Director: Thomas Ostermeier

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In a few scenes, Achternbusch tells the life of red-haired Susn from the Bavarian Forest. Susn is a free radical who invariably fails when faced with the pressures of her world as radically as she revolts against them. In the first scene the audience watches her confession as 17-year old pupil. In a gushing narrative flow she takes first stock of her life and defends her wild determination to leave the church. “I don’t want to continue to stay in a community where I know their belief is nothing but posture.” Ten years later we see Susn in her student room. Full of hope, she has moved from the country to the city. She is alone. On a stormy night. Continuous self-assertion through language generates an erotic phantasmagoria which ends in a scream from the music “Be Careful With That Axe, Eugene.” Another ten years later Susn lives with an author whose writing has long turned into a soliloquy that ignores everything else. In the last scene Susn – fortified with some liquor – is sitting in a church: “Yes, frequently I don’t want to see anybody anymore and I no longer want to hear of any God, but who would listen to me, if not God?” Achternbusch has infused his Susn with a hunger for life that cannot be satisfied in the world she encounters. At the same time she possesses a tremendous capacity for denial: This is bound to end in extreme sadness. Since: “In all likelihood, revolution is a process that must be advanced daily and not a single bloody day for which we plan.”

With

Brigitte Hobmeier, Edmund Telgenkämper

Stage Production

Thomas Ostermeier

Stage design and Costume

Nina Wetzel

Video

Sebastien Dupouey

Music

Nils Ostendorf

Lighting

Björn Gerum

Dramaturgy

Julia Lochte