The four points of the compass (Die vier Himmelsrichtungen)
A co-production with Salzburger Festspiele
A truck driver has an accident, leaves his cargo lying in a ditch by the roadside, and sets off in search of a better life. Another man discovers the abandoned boxes on his way to work. The colourful modelling balloons they contain allow him to try his luck as a street artist. The one man comes from the North – bringing rain along with him – and buys a gun; the other hails from the South and thinks he is Perseus. Both men fall in love with a young woman with snake-like hair. This Medusa figure works as a waitress and is accompanied by the West Wind. Life brings together people from all four points of the compass, seemingly at random. Only Madame Oiseau, the fortune teller from the East, knows that their fates are intertwined – and that today one of them will depart this life for good.
Roland Schimmelpfennig is the most widely performed contemporary playwright in Germany and has received many awards for his dramatic works. Most recently Schimmelpfennig’s own production of his play “The Golden Dragon” at Vienna’s Burgtheater won the Mülheim Drama Prize and was voted Play of the Year 2010 by trade magazine ‘Theater heute’. With “The Four Points of the Compass” Roland Schimmelpfennig has penned a poetic and musical play about love, struggle and death.
October 28, 2011