Drama

Buddenbrooks

by Thomas Mann
Performed in German, in the stage adaptation by John von Düffel

Ensemble
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janina Schauer
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Stefan Graf
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janina Schauer, Janning Kahnert, Stefan Graf
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Bernd Ripken, Jessica Früh, Janina Schauer, Stefan Graf
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Jessica Früh, Janina Schauer
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janina Schauer, Carlos Praetorius
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janning Kahnert, Judith Bohle
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Jessica Früh
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Bernd Ripken, Janina Schauer
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janina Schauer, Bernd Ripken, Jessica Früh
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janina Schauer, Jessica Früh
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Bernd Ripken, Stefan Graf, Janning Kahnert
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janina Schauer, Janning Kahnert, Judith Bohle
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Janina Schauer, Jessica Früh, Stefan Graf
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster

"The Buddenbrooks: that is us" read a headline in the Handelsblatt newspaper during the financial crisis of 2008.

In Thomas Mann's novel, a risky business deal leads to the decline of the wealthy merchant family from Lübeck. Concerns about the company’s assets, their economic ambitions and fear of loss dominate their conversations and actions. Personal happiness is subordinate. Pressured by her father, the lively Tony has wed Grünlich - a man whom she despises - and their marriage is on the rocks. And while Thomas obediently follows in his father's footsteps, his brother Christian haplessly drifts through life.

Thomas Mann's monumental novel contains a myriad of complex characters and dramatic conflicts. While at the surface a story about trade, it is also a timeless study of the people's spirit during times of evolving crises. When "Buddenbrooks" finally led to the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929 - almost 30 years after its publication – the world was again in economic turmoil. In New York the stock exchange was about to collapse, and the middle class was having a hard time in Germany. Today the "Buddenbrooks effect" is a phrase coined by the social sciences to refer to wealthy heirs with decreasing power and fortune.

Cast

Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage & Costume Designer Susanne Füller
Dramaturgy Katharina Gerschler
Male consul Bernd Ripken
Female consul Jessica Früh, Margit Schulte-Tigges
Thomas Janning Kahnert
Christian Stefan Graf
Tony Janina Schauer
Gerda, Thomas' wife / Anna Judith Bohle
Grünlich / Permaneder Uwe Kraus
Morton Schwarzkopf / Banker / Lieutenant Carlos Praetorius
Lina, an old servant Helga Schoon
Hanno / young Thomas Nathan Hempelmann, Aron Nenzel
Young Christian Vincent Hempelmann, Jonah Stoss
Young Tony Anne Nenzel, Mara Weil