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Das grosse Herz des Wolodja Friedmann

By Gerhard Meister

Gerhard Meister’s new play is set in the Zurich of the 1930s and 1940s, a place of exile. The piece revolves around the Friedmanns, a married couple who own the historically documented Comi boarding house. They give shelter to various characters, ranging from the Jewish musician to the failed revolutionary – all persecuted by the National Socialists. When the flood of refugees shows no sign of abating, they face a significant challenge: who else can they accommodate – without getting into difficulties themselves?

The young director Sonja Streifinger explores Switzerland’s political treatment of refugees during this period in its history. The individual stories of people from a variety of backgrounds coexisting in the smallest of spaces shed new light on the historical context and raise questions about how they lived together in a country that was not their own.

With Friederike Wagner, Gottfried Breitfuss, Ludwig Boettger, Claudius Körber, Sarah Gailer, Fritz Fenne
Sonja Streifinger
Set Designer
Selina Puorger
Costume Designer
Tiziana Angela Ramsauer
Lighting Designer
Daniel Leuenberger
Assistant Director
Katharina Stark
Marie Hartung, Selina Puorger, Katharina Stark
Benjamin Große
Internship Direction
Hanneke Alefsen
Jojo Büld, Claudius Körber, Katharina Stark

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