Actors Ruth Meyer and Matthias Neukirch are joined by young amateur performers with a Russian emigrant background to bring Alina Bronsky's novel 'Broken Glass Park' to the stage. Together with director Annette Kuß, they tell of the parallel world of Russian-born ethnic Germans, their ghetto and their experiences of (self-) alienation.
Seventeen-year-old Sascha came to Germany from Moscow and lives with her two younger siblings Anton and Alissa in Solitär, a high-rise ghetto. This place has its own rules which they break with wild determination. After her stepfather Vadim murders her mother, Sascha is filled with one thing: Anger! Anger with her mother, men and the horrible Russian ghetto. Angry with herself. Maria, one of Vadim's cousins, takes care of the three siblings. After two years, Maria can still only speak a few words of broken German. Sascha presents herself as a cool analyst and substitute mother for Anton and Alissa. But actually it is she who needs care and support. Finding love proves a source of rescue – even if it's slightly complicated. After Sascha meets the newspaper editor Volker Trebur, a strange love triangle develops; Sascha gets involved with Volker's 16-year old son Felix, but actually wants the single father. Over time, Sascha finds clarity about the relationship with her mother – she’s no longer just a saint or a damned woman. When Sascha learns that Vadim has committed suicide in prison, she finds herself plunged into an existential crisis.
Sponsored by the Berlin Project Fund for Cultural Education and the Friends of the DT.
World Premiere October 30, 2010
Vassilissa Reznikoff / Süheyla Ünlü
Katarina Dmitrieva, Tatjana Eurich, Nicolas Farah, Andreas Knodel, Paul Mandalka, Ruth Meyer, Matthias Neukirch, Varya Popovkina, Vassilissa Reznikoff / Süheyla Ünlü, Ilja Sorokin, Diana Zolotarova