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Hier und Jetzt

Schauspielhaus Zürich
By Roland Schimmelpfennig

Directed by Jürgen Gosch
Stage and costume design Johannes Schütz
Lighting design Sascha Haenschke
Dramaturgy Klaus Missbach

With
Dörte Lyssewski Katja, the bride
Wolfgang Michael Georg, the groom
Karin Pfammatter the woman with the baby carriage
Charly Hübner Martin
Corinna Harfouch Ingrid
Fabian Krüger Tilo
Gottfried Breitfuss Peter, Tilo’s brother, hard to carry
Georg Martin Bode Lothar
Christine Schorn Ilse, his wife
Ludwig Boettger Horst
Yohanna Schwertfeger a young woman

World premiere 25 April 2008
Schiffbauhalle 1
Length 2h 30, no interval

Audience discussion
Sat 9 May 23:30
Moderation Barbara Burckhardt

There is no shallow box like Jürgen Gosch and his designer Johannes Schütz usually use in the former factory but a long table for a wedding reception. The audience sit opposite the wedding guests on terraces built into a pile of earth with sprouting grass. The premiere production of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s “Hier und Jetzt” [Here and Now] is expansive in both space and time. A tragicomic love triangle jumps forward, then back in time, repeats itself and plays out variations, it changes seasons and moods. Time marches on, from sober daylight to warm artificial light where wine also takes effect. The wedding guests stand up, take possession of the space, deliver hilarious lectures about insects, tell of a coup de foudre in a shop for electrical goods, just like mad knights, sing children’s songs or blow forlornly on a battered hunting horn. Fragments of memories collide in a wonderfully rhythmic continuous flow, both swift and hesitant, gentle and rough. A three hour feast of acting.