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Die Verlobung in St. Domingo – Ein Widerspruch

by Necati Öziri against Heinrich von Kleist

Revolution is raging in Haiti. After more than a hundred years of slavery, the subjugated populace is fighting for freedom. One night, young Gustav, a nobleman from Switzerland, knocks at the door of Toni, foster daughter of one of the revolutionary leaders, asking for protection while escaping from the revolutionary troops… Toni must decide – there’s no time for revolutionary romanticism. In “Die Verlobung in Santo Domingo” (Betrothal in St. Domingo, 1811), Heinrich von Kleist’s novella published shortly after the French Revolution, the author recounts a dramatic love story against a backdrop of revolution, and describes two clear fronts: “white” versus “black,” good versus evil, order versus anarchy. Yet how will the story go when it isn’t clear who is friend or foe when it comes to enlightened values? In his new play, Necati Öziri contradicts supposedly unambiguous positions and interprets the story with a new level of opposition that forces us to engage in a modern-day discussion about violence and counterviolence.

With Maryam Abu Khaled, Dominic Hartmann, Kenda Hmeidan, Falilou Seck, Dagna Litzenberger Vinet
Sebastian Nübling
Set Designer
Muriel Gerstner
Lars Wittershagen
Costume Designer
Pascale Martin
Anna Heesen
Lighting Designer
Michel Güntert
Robin Nidecker
Assistant Director
Clara Dobbertin
Assistant Stage Designer
Sandra Antille
Assistant Costume Designer
Iva Ivanova
Internship Direction
Peter Gruber
Stage Manager
Ralf Fuhrmann
Katja Weppler
Theatre Education
Manuela Runge
Literary Assistant
Benjamin Große

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