Four school students visit their teacher to wish her a happy birthday. But behind the kind gesture is cold-hearted plan: they want to blackmail her for the key to the school safe in order to forge the results of their final maths exam. There is a great deal at stake for them. The birthday party soon turns into a power struggle in which Yelena Sergeyevna tries to defend her ideals against the increasing unscrupulousness and brutality of the tenth-graders. Soon it is no longer about grades and their chances for the future, but about moral integrity and ultimately naked survival.
This intimate, thriller-like play was censured shortly after its premiere in the 1980s, as it can be read as a parable of a USSR caught between dictatorship and unbridled egoism. Later it enjoyed success both in and outside Russia, and was filmed and recorded as a radio play.
The director Jan Friedrich brings this claustrophobic drama to the stage with Judith Hofmann and four young actors.
Costume Mira Phumdorkmai
Music Felix Rösch
Lights Heiko Thomas
Premiere has to be postponed
Stephanie Amarell, Judith Hofmann, Emil Kollmann, Henry Schlage, Laurids Schürmann