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Twelve Videos of Contemporary German Theatre, 1972-2002

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Sep 13, 2004
Nov 15, 2004
Segal Theater

Twelve Videos of Contemporary German Theatre, 1972-2002Marvin Carlson, Moderator, Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY (Moderator)

progra5You won’t want to miss this series of videos of theatrical productions by leading German directors of the last three decades-the largest public showing of German theatre productions ever in New York City. With astonishing visual imagery and exacting dramaturgy, contemporary German theatre provokes, challenges, questions, and even threatens-but overwhelmingly entertains-placing it in an essential and leading position in world theatre. The screenings are part of Prof. Carlson’s fall seminar on German theatre, but they are free and open to the public. Prof. Carlson will introduce the work and comment on scenes. PLEASE NOTE: All videos are in German, without subtitles; some videos show their age.

All screenings will take place at The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34 Street), New York City, except for Endstation Amerika, on November 29.

$5 donation guarantees a seat; free to CUNY students who RSVP. Call Continuing Education and Public Programs at 1.212.817.8215, or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu.

Cosponsors: Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY; Free University Berlin, and Goethe Institute, New York.


PRINZ FRIEDRICH VON HOMBURG directed by Peter Stein (1972)

In this production Stein, one of Germany’s foremost directors since the 60s, treats the play, in the words of The Guardian’s Michael Billington, as “an embodiment of Kleist’s own Romantic yearnings for acceptance.”
6:30 p.m., Monday, September 13, Room 9207, Res. Code: 4823

ROSMERSHOLM directed by Peter Zadek (2001)

This enormously popular production features brilliant performances by two of the top actors of the German-language stage, Angelika Winkler and Gert Voss.
6:30 p.m., Monday, September 20, Room 9207, Res. Code 4827

DIE FRAU VOM MEER (The Lady from the Sea) directed by Thomas Langhoff (1972)

A visually stunning and imagistic production.
6:30 p.m., Monday, September 27, Room 9207, Res. Code 4828

directed by Heiner Müller, 1992

This seminal production (which remains in the Berliner Ensemble’s repertory) features a brilliant and defining performance by Martin Wuttke as Arturo.
6:30 p.m., Monday, October 4, Martin E. Segal Theatre, Res. Code 4829

EIN SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) directed by Karen Beier (1995)

In this stunningly theatrical “European” production, Shakespeare’s romance is brought to life using actors from multiple countries speaking in their own languages.
6:30 p.m., Monday, October 18, Martin E. Segal Theatre, Res. Code 4820

MACBETH directed by Johann Kresnik (1988)

Kresnik, called the creator of “choreographic theatre,” stages Shakespeare’s classic tragedy.
6:30 p.m., Monday, October 25, Martin E. Segal Theatre, Res. Code 4831

ROMEO UND JULIA directed by Leander Hausmann (1993)

Hausmann, the director of the popular 1998 film Sonnenallee, tackles Shakespeare’s tragedy of young love.
6:30 p.m., Monday, November 8, Room 9207, Res. Code 4833

GESPENSTER (Ghosts) directed by Sebastian Hartmann (2000)

In this Volksbühne Berlin production, Hartmann radically pushes Ibsen’s images to theatrical and fascinating extremes.
6:30 p.m., Monday, November 15, Room 9207, Res. Code 4834

VOLKSFEIND (Enemy of the People) directed by Andreas Kriegenberg (1997)
A stunning quasi-expressionistic Hannover production.

progra6ENDSTATION AMERIKAdirected by Frank Castorf (2001) ** At the Goethe Institut

A radical re-interpretation of Tennessee William’s masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire, from one of Germany’s preeminent cutting-edge directors.
7:00 p.m., Monday, November 29, Goethe Institut, 1014 Fifth Avenue, 1.212.439.8705, Res. Code: 4841

DREI SCHWESTERN (Three Sisters) directed by Christoph Marthaler (2002)

Zürich Schauspielhaus director Marthaler’s take on Chekhov’s classic.
6:30 p.m., Monday, December 6, Room 9207, Res. Code 4842

DIE STADT ALS BEUTE (The City as Booty) directed by René Pollesch (2002)

Honored as both “Playwright of the Year” and “Author of the Year” in Germany in 2002, Pollesch’s theatrical patchwork challenges conventional dramaturgy, providing a fascinating and provocative sensual feast.
6:30 p.m., Monday, December 13, Room 9207, Res. Code 4883