Two sisters welcome their brother – a tyrant, philosopher and madman – home from the psychiatric hospital. The elder sister’s preparations are meticulous. She’s had the food all prepared beforehand and procured enough paper to take dictation of her brother’s treatises. Still, the younger sister knows that this visit can only end in disaster. With 'Ritter, Dene, Voss' – named after the actors who starred in the original production – Thomas Bernhard has created a chamber play of forbidden wishes and bitter humour. With virtuosic skill he has arranged the action into a crescendo and decrescendo of emotions and interwoven its various themes like a fugue. Desperation gives way to seduction, while the motif of escape forms a counterpoint to the siblings’ incestuous relationships.
Premiere October 31, 2008