Drama

Judas

A stage adaptation by Clemens Bechtel, based the novel by Amos Oz, translated from Hebrew by Mirjam Pressler
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
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster

Set in Jerusalem during the late 1950s, Amos Oz’s latest novel revolves around three figures from three separate generations. The young Shmuel, from whose perspective the story is told, flees his university studies and an unhappy relationship, and ends up in the house of a witty old man, to whom he becomes carer, companion and conversation partner. Shmuel soon learns that Gershom Wald had played an important role in the political developments surrounding the establishment of the State of Israel. He also meets Gershom’s daughter-in-law Athaliah, a private detective many years his senior, a woman he finds exciting and fascinating. And so within this interesting historical-critical context, a wonderfully wild story unfolds, dense with themes of desire, mystery, love, politics and religion. Inspired by his unconventional living arrangements, Shmuel also decides to continue work on his previously abandoned seminar paper on Judas, as well as setting out to unravel the dark events in Athaliah and Gershom’s past. Against this intricate social and familial backdrop, the title character’s famous treachery takes on a surprising new meaning.

Cast

Director Clemens Bechtel
Stage Designer Matthias Schaller
Costume Designer Vesna Hiltmann
Music Nils Strunk
Dramaturgy Sascha Kölzow