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Retrospect

6 May - 18:00 h (Local Time)
St. Bernward Kirche

Photo: Sebastian Bisch

SIRE, GEBEN SIE GEDANKENFREIHEIT (Sire, grant freedom of thought)

Reading with Peter Simonischek and Max Simonischek, arranged by Gerhard Ahrens

Texts from Plato, Girolamo Savonarola, Ulrich von Hutten, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Georg Büchner, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Karl Marx, et al.

Reading on 6 May 2017 at 18:00h in the St. Bernward Church

The story Following his role in the film Toni Erdmann (Oscar nomination for best foreign language film 2017) Peter Simonischek is currently the most talked about German-speaking actor. He joins his son Max Simonischek, who is also a successful actor, in a dramatic dialogue focusing on ventures into freedom and the detours and abysses typically involved in such endeavors. They illustrate how the concept of freedom has changed over the course of history, in many cases from blood-stained experiences and bitter disappointment over unfulfilled hopes.

THE PERFORMERS

Peter Simonischek was a member of the Berlin Schaubühne ensemble for 20 years until he joined the Burgtheater in Vienna in 1999. Since 1982, the award-winning actor has played leading roles at the Salzburg Festival, including the title role in "Everyman". He is one of the most prominent actors in television and film. Peter Simonischek conveyed the full depth of his acting skills in 2016 when he appeared in the comedy Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade. This family drama received enthusiastic reviews from critics and audiences alike.

Born in 1982 in Berlin, Max Simonischek, the son of Peter Simonischek, completed his acting studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He joined the Maxim Gorki Theater as an ensemble member in 2007. After an engagement with the Munich Kammerspiele, he played the leading role in 2014 in Ödön von Horváth's Don Juan Comes Back From the War at the Salzburg Festival. Max Simonischek regularly appears in films, including Markus Imboden's literary adaptation Am Hang in 2013 and Desaster by Justus von Dohnányi in 2015. In the same year, Max Simonischek made his directorial debut at the Zurich Theater am Neumarkt with The Burrow written by Franz Kafka.