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Früchte des Zorns

After: John Steinbeck 
Staging: Christopher Rüping 

We can make it. We just have to make an effort, work, be diligent and not spare ourselves. Then nothing will be able to stop us, neither poverty nor natural disasters, and certainly not other people. This is what the Joad family believes at the beginning of John Steinbeck’s epoch-defining American epic – as, holding on firmly to this belief, they set off for the golden West, where oranges grow everywhere and there is work for everybody. Or so they’ve heard. In reality things look very different. Not everyone can make it – you need a bit of luck. And money and relations and at times a good dose of wiliness. Their firm belief in the American dream starts to gradually disintegrate, becomes full of holes and ultimately shatters. Unlike in Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged, in which an individual’s success becomes the measure of their worth, and which will be presented in January 2020 in the Schiffbau Halle, the characters in Nobel prize-winner Steinbeck’s novel cannot take their fate into their own hands, because their hands are tied. In the new Schauspielhaus Zürich’s very first production, Christopher Rüping will direct Steinbeck’s story for the Pfauen, between drought and deluge, paradise and hell. “Go West, go West / Where there’s fruit in every place / A smile on every face.”


Christopher Rüping
Set design
Jonathan Mertz
Lene Schwind
Jonas Holle, Kotoe Karasawa
Gerhard Patzelt
Katinka Deecke
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Audience Development
Nico Grüninger
Drama Teacher
Katarina Tereh
Natascha Zander
Set design assistant
Costume assistant
Ulf Brauner
Staging trainee
Salome Bollinger
Costume trainee
Maria Zuzanna Lüthi
Dramaturgy trainee
Eszter Zala
Stage manager
Dagmar Renfer
Katja Weppler
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Supported by the Gesellschaft der Freunde des Schauspielhauses

Live is live: with the series Streamy Thursday – Theatre at home, we are streaming chosen productions live from Pfauen and Schiffbau.

Streaming-Tickets are available here from 26 March

Image gallery & Videos

Bits on Pieces
More texts and contexts related to our stagings in the theatre’s journal.
Go West, go West!

Eine Playlist für Träumer*innen

Life in plastic, it’s fantastic

Der Erfahrungsbericht von Laura Leupi über die Premiere von Früchte des Zorns

Fashion of Früchte des Zorns

Die Kostümbildnerin Lene Schwind über die Kostüme und Nachhaltigkeit von Mode in Früchte des Zorns

Willkommen in Zureich

Gedankenexperiment von Michelle Steinbeck zu Früchte des Zorns