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Program

30 April - 20:00 h (Local Time)
Panoramakino

Photo: Sebastian Bisch

BEYOND THE SEA

by William Somerset Maugham

Staged reading by Sophie Rois from 'Vessel of Wrath'
presented by Clemens Schönborn

Content
Castaways Ginger Ted and Miss Jones – he a bon-vivant and notorious drinker, she a puritanical missionary – are stranded on an island in the Pacific. Miss Jones fears the onset of night. Will this brutal man violently take her virginity? The outcome is not as she expects, and the island becomes the scene of passionate entanglements. The original title of this short story, The Vessel of Wrath (published in 1931), refers to a letter by St. Paul to the Romans, in which God had "endured the vessels of wrath with much forbearance," but made "the riches of His glory" known through "the vessels of mercy."

Author
William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) is one of the most widely-read English authors of the 20th century. His plays are still often performed in modern theatres. He left behind a wealth of short stories, novels, and dramas, most of which take place in British East Asian colonies devastated by down-and-out Europeans. Maugham's own biography provides material for a number of literary works. He studied medicine, but soon had great – also financial – success as a playwright and novelist. During the First World War, he worked for the British foreign intelligence service, MI6, and reported from the United States and Russia. Later he travelled through England's colonies in East Asia, where he found most of his literary inspiration.

Actor
Sophie Rois prefers challenging, ambiguous roles in which she manages to strike a subtle balance between intimacy and eccentricity. She has demonstrated this in numerous films as well as in stage productions by René Pollesch, Frank Castorf, or Christoph Marthaler at the Berlin Volksbühne. Rois received the Berlin Theatre Prize in 2012. In the same year, Theater Heute magazine named her Actress of the Year. She was awarded the Eysoldt Ring in December 2017. Since her breakthrough as a film actress in 1993, she has been involved in many cinema and TV films. In 2011, she received the Bavarian Film Prize, the German Film Critics' Prize, and the German Film Prize as best actress for her role in Tom Tykwer's erotic drama Three. Her current cinema films include Shiverstone Castle and Glück ist nichts für Weicheier released in 2017.
Sophie Rois has been a regular guest at the Movimentos Festival since 2008, most recently with staged readings of L'amante Anglaise by Marguerite Dumas, Dürrenmatt's The Physicists, and Molière's Misanthrope. She performed at the Autostadt in 2014 in Samuel Beckett's Happy Days.