Drama

Auerhaus

A stage adaptation of Bov Bjerg's novel by the Wiesbaden State Theatre
Performed in German

Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster

“Birth, school, work, death” – is this what life ultimately comes down to? At least this is how it seems in a rural village community during the mid-eighties. If one were to ask one’s classmates something like “What is the meaning of life?” before an exam, they would answer: “That won’t come up, we don’t have to know that!”, says Hühnerhöppner. But life for Höppner is different and that has everything to do with his friend Frieder, the survivor of a failed suicide attempt. The two friends, along with a few others, decide to move into the empty house of Frieder’s grandfather and so, a student house-share in the middle of the countryside comes into existence. In the end, they are six altogether: the group includes Harry, the drug pusher, and Pauline, the “unbelievably symmetrical” arsonist, whom Frieder met in the psychiatric ward. While a life beyond his family home finally seems to be taking shape – crazy, carefree, wild and sometimes dangerous – Frieder continues to battle his own happiness. This is a burden which he must both carry in himself and share with the others, because they all know that he could snap again at any time. Together, they continue to live and rage against fear – in full force.
 
Through his enchanting tone and innate, natural instincts for the young protagonists, Bov Bjerg’s novel tells a story of friendship, world-weariness, solace and love - a “long Blues prose about growing up in the dumpster, about melancholy, madness and the few years during which one is really alive” (Rolling Stone).

Cast

Director Barbara Hauck
Stage & Costume Designer Susanne Füller
Music Nils Strunk
Dramaturgy Andrea Vilter