The Unknown Woman and the Man under the Bed

after the novel by Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky

adapted for the stage by Frank Castorf

Direction Frank Castorf / Stage Design Aleksandar Denić / Costume and Wardrobe Adriana Braga Peretzki / Video and Live-Camera Andreas Deinert
Cast Kathrin Angerer, Gottfried Breitfuss, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Johann Jürgens, Ilona Kannewurf, Robert Rožić, Siggi Schwientek

Kathrin Angerer
Gottfried Breitfuss
Robert Hunger-Bühler
Johann Jürgens
Ilona Kannewurf
Robert Rožić
Siggi Schwientek
 
Direction Frank Castorf
Stage Design Aleksandar Denić
Costume and Wardrobe Adriana Braga Peretzki
Video and Live-Camera Andreas Deinert
Second Live-Camera Seraina Scherini
Live-Cut Andi A. Müller, Vanessa Püntener
Boom Mira Hirtler
Lighting Lothar Baumgarte
Literary Manager Amely Joana Haag
Assistant Director Manon Pfrunder
Assistant Stage Designer Sandra Antille
Assistant Costume Designer Sabrina Bosshard
Internship Direction Nathalie Rausch, Alexandra Wittmer, Selina Rohr
Prompter János Stefan Buchwardt
Stage Management Ralf Fuhrmann
An evening street scene in St. Petersburg: a stately elderly gentleman wearing a racoon fur coat is talking confusedly to a young man of humble origin, who is waiting in front of an apartment building for his secret lover to appear. The elderly gentleman describes himself as a bachelor and “of unsound mind, almost insane.” He is indeed obsessed and no less humiliated by his suspicion that he is just about to catch his wife and her lover in flagrante . During his relentless pursuit of them, he finds himself in increasingly absurd situations.
Frank Castorf, who has just ended his 25-year tenure at Berlin’s Volksbühne  theatre, combines this vaudeville-esque novella about the demon of jealousy with another of Dostoyevsky’s stories: The Dream of a Ridiculous Man  discusses metaphysical themes ranging from “logical suicide” to rebellion against God, the Fall of Man, from brotherly love and humility to the crucifixion for which the first-person narrator so yearns.

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Sa, 03 Feb 19:0023:00 Tickets Re-run
Mo, 05 Feb 19:0023:00 Tickets

Intermission after 135 mins

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