Briefly distracted for a moment, driving instructor Renate hits a woman on a country road. But instead of reporting the accident, she tries to cover it up, puts the injured woman into her car and takes her home. She can’t really work out why she does this but much of her life seems to be falling apart or in flux. She is caught in an unfulfilled love affair with the local policeman; but she is reluctant to let her adult daughter go, who is trying to break away by going on an expedition to Antarctica; and even her job seems to belong to another era. When the victim of the road accident wakes up the next morning, it’s unclear whether or not she can remember the the accident. The woman seems unhurt and in her right mind. But she does not want to leave. So Renate, whose guilt weighs heavily on her shoulders, allows her to settle in, even take over her daughter and undermine her personal life.
Schleifpunkt is an atmospherically dense play with a quiet undertone – a sensitive portrait of a woman at a crossroads in life. It was written by the Swiss playwright Maria Ursprung while attending Dramenprozessor in 2018/19, a drama-writing workshop in Zurich. Marie Bues, the co-director of the Theater Rampe in Stuttgart, who has made a name for herself as a director of contemporary plays, will be directing this chamber play. The play was selected for the Lange Nacht der Autor_innen (Long Night of the Playwrights) in Berlin, one of three plays chosen from more than 100 entries by a three-member jury consisting of Thea Dorn, Nina Hoss and David Tushingham. It was to be premiered in the Graz production in June 2020 at the Autorentheatertage in the Kammerspiele of the Deutsches Theater Berlin and will now be shown in Berlin on 3 October as part of the Lange Nacht der Autor_innen. Afterwards, it will move on to the repertoire of HAUS ZWEI at the Schauspielhaus Graz.
Director Marie Bues
Stage Design and Costumes Indra Nauck
Music Kat Kaufmann
Dramaturgy Karla Mäder, Franziska Betz
Assistant Director Anne Mulleners
2 October 2020
A co-production with Schauspielhaus Graz
Sarah Sophia MeyerHer
Maximiliane HaßChild, grown-up
Alina Haushammer, Clemens Maria RieglerStudent driver (A, B, S)
Fredrik Jan HofmannStudent driver (A, B, S)