Falk Richter

Im Ausnahmezustand
1 D, 2 H
UA: 06.11.07 · Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin · Directed by: Falk Richter
A woman and her husband. At last they have succeeded: they live in a safe settlement. But the threat of the unsafe outside world and the fear of societal collapse have seeped through into the marriage and the family. And if they lose their jobs, their place within the "Gated Community" is threatened. A life lived in fear. Even their own son could be a possible enemy, an agent who could betray their safe home in the settlement. A nigh-time conversation with the threateningly weak-willed father turns into an interrogation, and then into a duel.

Here, Richter condenses the uncertainty of a family threatened with downfall into a dystopian crime novel. In a claustrophobic chamber play, emotions, observations and suspicions become inextricable. Facts and dreams oscillate and create a new reality, a reality of fear. A nightmare from which there is no awakening. Thus, the protective fence of the settlement becomes the wall of an inner prison, one from which there is no escape in Western society. (Announcement of the Schaubühne at Lehniner Platz, Berlin)
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