Katharina Tanner

Rufst du mein Vaterland oder Swiss Christmas
Eine patriotische Komödie mit Gesang aus der Schweizer Provinz
4 D, 2 H, Verwandlungsdek
UA: 04.12.1996 · Kampnagel, Hamburg (Switch-Production in Koproduktion mit dem Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, Zürich) · Directed by: Maja Franke
Christmas Eve – Herr and Frau Weber are trying to put the Christmas tree up in the living room. Frau Weber, a feisty and chatty woman suffering from chronical indigestion is giving instructions to her husband, a pensioner. At the same time, daughter Ruth, thirty years old and unemployed, an actress who is a single mother, is munching cookies on the sofa. Her baby has fallen into a deep sleep. The son, who is eagerly awaited, can’t fulfil their expectations and is battered to death with the Christmas tree.

Christmas Eve – the cosy family celebration takes its own, ill-fated course…
“A dark, incredible Christmas feast with verbal and emotional zombies full of hatred and the longing for love. No kitchen-naturalism, no sociological drama – but the attempt to attack the monster of the Swiss family head-on, using a very unconventional, artificial language which is very conscious of patterns.” (Programme of the Autorentheatertage Hannover 1995)