Sonne, los jetzt!

By Elfriede Jelinek
Staging: Nicolas Stemann

There’s hardly an author who fires salvos into the global political situation more eloquently than Elfriede Jelinek. So it was only a matter of time before she would take on the topic of climate change and give us a good telling off. With due detachment, Jelinek examines man’s toils and troubles in his environment, lending her voice to the sun. In a brilliant monologue she sheds light on Greek mythology, on Wittgenstein – and on the beach. There, man lives on a coastal strip, a thin line between scorching embers and devouring tide. If the sun had its way, it would flare up and then disappear. But maybe, in the end, its warmth might dry a few tears and doom might stay away (for now).

Sonne, los jetzt! is the first time in a long time that a Jelinek script has premiered at the Schauspielhaus Zürich. Nicolas Stemann and Elfriede Jelinek are old companions. The co-artistic director has already produced ten plays and premieres by the Austrian Nobel Prize winner. Now, for the first time, he presents himself to Zurich audiences with a brand-new text as an energetic consildator of Jelinek’s linguistic forces.


Nicolas Stemann
Stage Design
Katrin Nottrodt
Costume Design
Katrin Wolfermann
Thomas Kürstner / Sebastian Vogel
  • World premiere: 15. December 2022, Pfauen
  • Pfauen
Thursday 15.12. Pfauen
  • Premiere
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