Drama

Reigen

La Ronde
by Arthur Schnitzler
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

Schnitzler’s “La Ronde” (known in its original German as “Reigen”) caused a scandal. Written in 1897, the play was first printed in only 200 copies for his friends, and not publicly performed until its Berlin premiere in 1920. The premiere elicited violent critical and popular reactions, and the author withdrew “La Ronde” from public production in German-speaking countries – until its re-release in 1982.

The play is set in the 1890s in Vienna. Its dramatic structure consists of ten interlocking scenes between pairs of lovers in which the sexual morals and class ideology of the day are scrutinised through a series of before-and-after sexual encounters. Each of its ten characters appears in two consecutive scenes, with one from the final scene - The Whore - having appeared in the first. By choosing characters across all levels of society, the play offers social commentary on how sexual contact transgresses class boundaries.

Cast

Director Felicitas Braun
Stage Designer Sonja Böhm
Costume Designer Aleksandra Kica
Dramaturgy Katharina Gerschler
Hure Evelyn M. Faber
Stubenmädchen Anja S. Gläser
Junge Frau Kruna Savić
Süßes Mädel Llewellyn Reichman
Schauspielerin Evelyn M. Faber
Soldat Matze Vogel
Junger Herr Stefan Graf
Ehemann Ulrich Rechenbach
Dichter Stefan Graf
Ulrich Rechenbach

Graf Uwe Kraus