"There's an unexpected nastiness to life. I could see myself hanging in a tree.
-- What's taking Mama with the tea!" (from Jonathan Franzen's translation)
Teatime is over – and so is their childhood. So what now? Frank Wedekind’s 'Spring Awakening' relates the horrors of puberty. His young people want to know what’s what. They want to understand what is happening to them and where they belong. They hang around together, learn from one other and party. Sex is ubiquitous, but what about love? What’s life all about? Their parents won’t provide the answers to these young people’s questions and they don’t want to become like their parents anyway. Moritz is under tremendous pressure. When he starts failing at school, he gives up. Ilse left home long ago and knows a thing or two about men. Moritz and Ilse get together, but are both too unstable to enter into a relationship. A short while later, Moritz commits suicide. Melchior seems to be coping well, while Wendla finds pleasure in pain. Then, overcome with desire, they lose control. 18 young people between the ages of 15 and 25 transform Frank Wedekind’s classic play into a contemporary drama which reflects their point of view.
Marc Prätsch has been working with young amateur and professional actors since 2001. His production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for the Junges Schauspiel Hannover was invited to Berlin’s young people’s theatre festival LIEBE MACHT TOT(D).
Sponsored by the K.S. Fischer Foundation
Premiere February 6, 2010
Sandro FioravantiMelchior Gabor
Elisabeth BrücknerMoritz Stiefel
Finja-Marie WilkeWendla Bergmann
Bianca PraetoriusMrs Gabor
Marcel HeupermanLämmermeier / Seal, Guitar
Wojciech ZopothDr. Brausepulver / Karl / The hooded sir
Anne Weber / Roxanne RadovanovicSandy
Sebastian HerrmannGeorg Zirschnitz, Synthesizer
Franziska MayViola, Wurlitzer-Piano
Lämmermeier / Seal, Guitar
Dr. Brausepulver / Karl / The hooded sir
Anne Weber / Roxanne Radovanovic
Georg Zirschnitz, Synthesizer