By Gerhard Meister
Direction Sonja Streifinger / Stage Design Selina Puorger / Costume and Wardrobe Tiziana Angela Ramsauer Cast Friederike Wagner, Gottfried Breitfuss, Ludwig Boettger, Claudius Körber, Sarah Gailer, Fritz FenneCast list
|Paula Friedmann||Friederike Wagner|
|Wolodja Friedmann||Gottfried Breitfuss|
|Herr Schatz||Ludwig Boettger|
|David Apfelbaum||Claudius Körber|
|Gabriella Seidenfeld||Sarah Gailer|
|Fritz Brupbacher / Polizist||Fritz Fenne|
|Stage Design||Selina Puorger|
|Costume and Wardrobe||Tiziana Angela Ramsauer|
|Literary Manager||Benjamin Große|
|Assistant Director||Katharina Stark|
|Internship Direction||Hanneke Alefsen|
|Literary Internship||Laura Fellner|
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.