Der fröhliche Weinberg

The Merry Vineyard
By Carl Zuckmayer
Performed in German

Carl Zuckmayer (1896 - 1977) was brought up in Mainz and saw action on the Western Front during World War I. In 1917 he published a collection of pacifist war poems. His first plays did not do well but in 1924 he became a dramaturg at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, alongside Bertolt Brecht. There, his play "Der fröhliche Weinberg" (The Merry Vineyard, 1925) won him the Kleist Prize. The play's pivotal character is the ageing vineyard owner Gunderloch, who wants to see his daughter Klärchen married - comically, of course, to the wrong man: snooty German Corps student Knuzius. The young Rhine boatman Jochen Most would be a much more attractive catch...


Director Henriette Hörnigk