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Die grosse Gereiztheit

after “The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann

The penultimate chapter in Thomas Mann’s novel, published in 1924, is entitled “Die grosse Gereiztheit” (The Great Irritability). An eerie, quarrelsome malignancy suddenly flares up among the smart guests suffering from lung disease on the “Magic Mountain.” Thomas Mann follows this great irritability with the final chapter entitled “Donnerschlag” (Thunderclap) – the outbreak of the First World War in the flatlands, which also disgorges the principal character, Hans Castorp, onto one of Europe’s battlefields. They should have known, but polite society has elegantly ignored the information and thus fallen victim to catastrophic upheaval. Frank Schirrmacher credits Thomas Mann with phenomenal intuitive powers and interprets the novel as “a sensitising training course for the occurrence of unexpected events.” In the tense Europe of 2019 – whose post-war order has long since been a thing of the past – director Karin Henkel develops her own very personal interpretation of this complex subject matter.

With Christian Baumbach, Ludwig Boettger, Gottfried Breitfuss, Carolin Conrad, Fritz Fenne, Katrija Lehmann, Isabelle Menke, Michael Neuenschwander, Lena Schwarz, Friederike Wagner, Milian Zerzawy, Marcel Zimmermann, Vlora Mulaku, Barblin Leggio, Raquel Forster, Alain Croubalian, Kay Buchheim, Matthias Lincke
Karin Henkel, und Ensemble, unter der finalen Leitung von Maximilian Enderle (Regie) und Viola Hasselberg (Dramaturgie)
Set Designer
Thilo Reuther
Costume Designer
Adriana Braga Peretzki
Alain Croubalian
Ruth Stofer, Kevin Graber
Lighting Designer
Frank Bittermann
Viola Hasselberg
Assistant Stage Designer
Natascha Leonie Simons
Assistant Costume Designer
Liv Senn
Stage Manager
Michael Durrer
János Stefan Buchwardt
Ondrej Graf
Internship Costumes
Meret König
Internship Direction
Alexander Homoki, Laura Weibel
Literary Assistant
Joel Franz
Christine Gross
Support Sounddesign
Arvild Bauld
Assistant Director
Maximilian Enderle
Choreografische Beratung
Ilona Kannewurf

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