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A monologue by Lot Vekemans
Drama with Manfred Zapatka
Director: Bernd Kauffmann
Drama on 20 & 21 May 2017 at 18:00h in the Panoramakino
Betrayal for God's sake ?Betrayal, thy name is Judas. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, turned their leader over to the Romans, which led to his crucifixion. Accordingly, the culture of the Christian occident regarded Judas as the greedy arch-traitor, as an antagonist of the Redeemer. Buried under the shame is the fact that Judas played an important role in God's plan. In her piece Judas, Lot Vekemans lets the "icon of betrayal" speak his mind. In his direct and emotional conversation with himself and with the audience, Judas describes the events of the past from his own perspective. He talks about his anger, his frustration and his yearning – without denying responsibility for his actions. But he also speaks on his own behalf, explaining that it isn't faith, but doubt that is productive, because this is what prompts people to take action. Those who believe don't want to change anything; those who doubt, want to cast off this uncertainty.
Dutch author Lot Vekemans was born in 1965 in Oss, in the Dutch province of North Brabant. She studied social geography at the University of Utrecht and attended the Writers Academy 't Colofon in Amsterdam. Since 1995, she has written plays for young people and adults. Her work has garnered numerous awards and has been translated into 15 languages.
In his acting work, Manfred Zapatka convincingly interprets the thoughts of his characters and thus provides an insight into their inner logic. Zapatka has worked with notable theater directors, including Claus Peymann, Thomas Langhoff and Dieter Dorn. In film, he has worked with Frank Beyer, Heinrich Breloer and Dieter Wedel. Noteworthy movies created in collaboration with film director Romuald Karmakar include The Himmler Project (2000) and the Hamburg Lectures (2006). Zapatka has been honored with multiple Adolf Grimme Prizes. In 2009 he received the German Audio Book Prize and the Bavarian Television Award. Zapatka currently appears in the Residenz Theater in Munich.