'Sacred Heart o’ Jesus, take away our hearts o’ stone, and give us hearts o’ flesh! Take away this murdherin’ hate, an’ give us Thine own eternal love!'
The setting: Dublin in 1922, during the Irish Civil War. The Boyle family lives in a rundown tenement house. Captain Jack Boyle is an unemployed drunkard. His wife has nicknamed him ‘Paycock’, because – like a peacock -- he struts around and does nothing but go on drinking binges with his friend Joxer. Meanwhile his hard-working wife Juno supports the family and makes valiant efforts to keep it together. Twenty-year-old son Johnny lost an arm during the Easter Rising of 1916. And daughter Mary meets her misfortune when Charles Bentham, an English school teacher and aspiring solicitor, enters her life. He gives the Boyles the unexpected news that a relative has died and left them a great fortune. Suddenly their lives change dramatically. They go on a spending spree, buying new furniture and clothes, and throwing parties – using borrowed money they plan to pay back once they receive the inheritance. However, some vague wording in the will drawn up by Bentham means the Boyles wind up empty-handed.
The son of a working-class family from Dublin, Sean O’Casey taught himself to read and write. His bitterly funny and socially critical play about the futility of war and family breakdown made him world famous. Now Milan Peschel has chosen to stage “Juno and the Paycock” as his first production for the Deutsches Theater.
Set & Costumes Magdalena Musial
Premiere January 29, 2013
Michael Schweighöfer"Captain" Jack Doyle
Anita VulesicaJuno Boyle, his wife
Ole LagerpuschJohnny Boyle
Katrin WichmannMary Boyle
Moritz Grove"Joxer" Daly
Katharina Marie SchubertMrs. Maisie Madigan
Katrin KleinMrs. Tankred
Elias ArensJerry Devine
Bernd MossCharles Bentham