Three women with remarkably different life stories meet by chance in an old people's home: Margarethe Giebeldach, neé Matycek, born in 1924 in Upper Silesia, a wilful personality and a grand old dame. Anneliese Schmidtke, a neo-Nazi on parole from Niederschöneweide. And the tough, devoted carer Zoë Ibori, a single mother from Moabit. It is obvious that this encounter between a person of colour, a right-wing supporter and one of the last survivors of the Holocaust has dramatic potential. But what’s surprising and very moving is the way in which Nis-Momme Stockmann, in this commissioned work for the Deutsches Theater, manages to lead us down familiar-seeming paths and then radically shakes up certainties and moral conventions. Anne: "I know it’s tempting to see me either as a victim or perpetrator. It’s tempting even for me. But I am neither. I’m a completely ordinary woman. In modern-day Germany." Nothing is as obvious as it first appears. Conventional explanations lead nowhere. "I," Grethe says to Anne, "can rethink my convictions. Even the most deep-seated ones that have wrapped themselves tightly around my heart. Giving them up means not losing my grip on the world for a moment." Which path will Anne take?
Costumes Caroline Rössle Harper
Music Marcel Blatti
Lighting Marco Scherle
World Premiere has to be postponed