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Daniel Kehlmann

It’s summer in a hip neighbourhood and two people take refuge in their local bar: Florian a movie actor leading a charmed life, and the older Bruno, an eternal underdog. They are neighbours living in the same house and yet in different worlds. One of them is a newcomer whose home is a luxurious loft while the other is a local who has been living in his two-room flat for what seems like an eternity. Florian is about to leave for London, where he will go to a casting call for an international movie production. Bruno asks him for an autograph. Beginning as a harmless conversion it turns into a treacherous game of cat and mouse that addresses issues like old East-West conflicts, lifelong delusions, and the sovereignty of shaping one’s own narrative. Bruno has been waiting for this moment for a long time. And Florian soon realises that he is at the receiving end of a reckoning that goes far beyond this encounter. 

Daniel Kehlmann has written a dark yet comedic chamber play that fully engages with the microcosmos that is the bar and with the confrontation between two characters, while tackling a pressing question of our time: who does the city belong to and what happens to people when their homes become a barely affordable item of speculation? Increasing social inequality, unlawful eviction strategies, and sterile, desolate neighbourhoods are the collateral damage of a misguided policy that promoted the privatisation of formerly state-owned housing. Bruno, one of the many residents who have drawn the short straw in the gold-digging game of real estate, feels that his city no longer belongs to him and that the value of his own history has plummeted into the process.

Beschreibung Information
Dauer und Pausen 2 Stunden - keine Pause
Sitzplan A!
Abo / Zyklus Jugendabonnement
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