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Retrospect

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

Photos: Renate Neder, Vanessa Maas, Stefan Klüter, Mathias Bothor

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DIE WARHEIT (The Truth)
by Florian Zeller

Staged reading with Margarita Broich, Maria Schrader, Samuel Finzi and Wolfram Koch, arranged by Gerhard Ahrens and Bernd Kauffmann

Performance on 24 April 2017 at 20:00h in the Panoramakino

THE PLAY
"If people, from one day to the next, stopped lying to one another, there wouldn't be one couple left on Earth. It would be more or less the end of civilization." This is Michel's firm belief, and for good reason, because he is having an affair with Alice, the wife of his best friend Paul. But Alice is feeling the strain of concealing the truth and wants to confess to her husband. Michel thinks this desire to assuage one's conscience is pure egotism. During a frank exchange between the men, however, Michel learns some very unexpected truths.

Taking an essentially banal situation as his starting point, Florian Zeller creates a sophisticated comedy with ambiguous characters and brilliant, acerbic dialogues. Rather than an analysis of bourgeois morality and social behavior, the author presents a kind of laboratory setting for the playful exploration of "truth" as an extremely multifaceted phenomenon whose liberating effect in "real life" is often felt as a burden. Fittingly, Zeller opens his play with a tongue-in-cheek epigraph from Voltaire: "A lie is only a sin if it does harm. When it does good, it’s a very great virtue. ... Lie, my friends, lie, when the time comes, I’ll do the same for you."

THE AUTHOR
Florian Zeller was born in Paris in 1979 and is one of France's most talented contemporary authors. In 2004 he was awarded the Prix Interallié for his novel La fascination du pire (The Fascination of Evil). His first plays were published in the same year. Just two years later, Zeller received the Prix du Jeune Théâtre of the Académie Française for his hit play Si tu mourais. Zeller is currently enjoying great success in Europe and on New York's Broadway with his play The Father, for which he was awarded the Prix Molière.

THE PERFORMERS

Margarita Broich performs at renowned German-language theatres and at the Salzburg Festival. She also frequently appears in film and television productions. She has played Chief Inspector Anna Janneke in the Frankfurt edition of the TV series Tatort since 2015, and appeared on the big screen most recently in 2016 in Hans Steinbichler's widely discussed adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank. A trained photographer, Broich has also won recognition for her striking artist portraits.

Maria Schrader portrays her characters with a combination of unbridled stage presence, real curiosity and a childlike, mischievous streak. Born in Hanover, she has been awarded the German Film Award and the Berlinale's Silver Bear. Maria Schrader is currently a company member at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Her directing debut Love Life, based on the novel by Zeruya Shalev, was shown in German cinemas in 2007. Her latest film Farewell to Europe, which she directed, was selected as the Austrian submission for the 2017 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

Samuel Finzi

His theater engagements have taken him to numerous German stages as well as the Burgtheater in Vienna; he has worked with directors Benno Besson, Robert Wilson, Frank Castorf and Dimiter Gotscheff. In 2014 he was awarded the Gertrud-Eysoldt-Ring – together with Wolfram Koch – for his performance in Waiting for Godot at the Deutsches Theater Berlin. As well as television productions including the series Flemming, Finzi acted in Karoline Herfurth's 2016 comedy SMS für Dich.
Formally a member of the Schauspielhaus Bochum ensemble,

Wolfram Koch has worked since 2000 at theaters including the Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Volksbühne in Berlin, the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Vienna Burgtheater. Since 2015, Wolfram Koch has been investigating crimes alongside Margarita Broich in the episodes of the TV series Tatort set his home town of Frankfurt.