- It has to be, because he’s walking around as if he belongs here.
- He has to go.
- Exactly. - We need to restore order.
A small, dreary town. A group of youths hang out together – on the playground, on the street, in the pub. They drink, have sex, cheat on each other, slag each other off, get on each other’s nerves, put up with each other. They are bored and frustrated with the emptiness in and around them. Because it seem as if it always was, and always will be, this way. Because they cannot imagine anything different. Then Jorgos shows up. The youth sparks off desires and aggressions and challenges the old established order.
The 24-year-old Fassbinder wrote Katzelmacher when the first guest workers were arriving in West Germany. In 2017, they are living here in the third generation and Germany is facing the challenge of integrating hundreds of thousands of refugees. Meanwhile, a new right-wing movement is fuelling old fears of "foreign infiltration" and now as then is demanding "a return to order".
The director Jessica Glause and her team reinterpret the drama together with eleven young actors. What if xenophobia doesn't even need outsiders? What if Jorgos only exists in our minds? What if the hated other is a projection of ourselves? What if we are all Jorgos?
With the kind support of the K.S. Fischer Foundation
Premiere February 6, 2017, Kammerspiele
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