German-language premiere October 23, 2015
"An upper middle-class living room of our time. The people who live here have good taste: they skilfully mix the modern with the new, they have ample means, but they don’t try for perfection. Ikea mixes with Biedermeier, Charles Eames and flea market items. They are well read, and they have studied at university."
It’s just before Christmas and Albert and Bettina, a well-heeled couple with one child, are extremely riled. Bettina’s mother, Corinna, has come to stay. The relationship between mother and daughter is tense, and the conflicts between them smoulder. Not only does Corinna want to stay until New Year’s Eve, she’s also invited along a person she met by chance on the train. Rudolph, as he is called, is an aesthete – a highly ambivalent and inscrutable one. Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play centres on issues of personal and political boundaries, and the question of when a person should assume responsibility.