In the morning everything is the same as always: get up, have a cup of coffee, kiss the wife and children goodbye and catch the commuter train to work. But in the evening everything is different: a second I is sitting at the dining room table. The nuclear family, the house, the garden with the spruce tree is shaken to its foundations. A game involving identity, perception and possibilities begins. And the doubling phenomenon is catching, with a second wife making the chaos complete – until nobody knows anymore what is true, who is what and who is true. What’s more, the two alter egos are freer, more laid-back, sleep naked and spend more time together, opening up new worlds – and in the front garden, they start to hack down the hated spruce tree, screeching, giggling … And the following morning: the same as always?
In this play commissioned by the Deutsches Theater, Roland Schimmelpfennig explores the dreariness of everyday life, our mundane, painful longings and the brittleness of identity. How far are we willing to move out of the comfort zone of our safe and secure lives in order to discover our other selves? Are we shocked by this other person, or do we like them?
The movement back and forth between narrative and direct experience, between the constructed and the magical, which is a hallmark of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s dramaturgy, reveals the characters’ inner turmoil as well as their playful sides. In an effort to understand their divided selves, the characters veer between opposite poles in a kind of theatrical experiment: they are storytellers and subjects, gods and victims, tragic and comic alike.
12 January 2018, Kammerspiele
Camill JammalThe man
Elias Arens(and the other man)
Franziska MachensThe woman
Maike Knirsch(and the other woman)
Tabitha FrehnerThe daughter
Jeremy MockridgeThe son