DER RAUB DER SABINERINNEN

by FRANZ and PAUL VON SCHÖNTHAN
in einer Fassung von SVENJA VIOLA BUNGARTEN und ANITA VULESICA

PREMIERE 15 04 2023 | AKADEMIETHEATER

Regie ANITA VULESICA

Bühne HENRIKE ENGEL

Kostüme JANINA BRINKMANN

Musik CAMILL JAMMAL

Choreografie MIRJAM KLEBEL

Licht NORBERT PILLER

Dramaturgie RITA CZAPKA

THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN – that is the title of the Ancient Roman tragedy the small-town high school teacher Mr Gollwitz wrote when he was a student. He keeps it hidden from his wife. By chance, the theatre director Striese, who is passing through with his travelling play company, finds out about this secret play and can already see the sensation in his mind’s eye. He persuades Gollwitz to allow him to perform it. Flattered, the teacher agrees under the condition that he remain anonymous. When the premiere audience starts booing in Act 2, and the entire event is on the brink of mayhem, the teacher’s bourgeois existence, including his family and his parrot, threatens to collapse and the catastrophe seems inevitable. If not for the women who are at the right place at the right time …

Gollwitz and Striese risk everything for the sake of their theatrical obsession, and in so doing set off a crisis. But despite all crises, THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN ends up being a great success after all, and to this day, the comedy about the Roman tragedy is regarded as a love letter to theatre.

Almost 140 years after the brothers Franz and Paul Schönthan wrote their farce, two women – director Anita Vulesica, who already had great success with DER FISKUS (by Felicia Zeller) at Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, and the young author Svenja Viola Bungarten – take on the famous comedy classic.

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