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Nurkan Erpulat and Jens Hillje: Crazy Blood (Verrücktes Blut)

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Staged Reading
Monday, 11 June 2012, 7 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
No charge
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Jens Hillje and Nurkan Erpulat (c) Ronny von WangenheimComically reducing virulent immigrant stereotypes to absurdity, this surprise hit shows young second or third generation German-Turks on whom their teacher works off her educational mandate with a gun in her hand and Schiller’s Enlightenment ideal in her brain until all the clichés stand on their heads. Crazy Blood was invited to the 2011 Theatertreffen, received the Audience Award at the 2011 Mülheim Theatertage and was chosen as play of the year in the Theater heute critics' survey.

Verrücktes Blut (Crazy Blood) is a piece for our times: playfully packed with social explosives, director Nurkan Erpulat and dramaturge Jens Hillje transplant Jean-Paul Lilienfeld’s film La Journée de la Jupe from the French banlieus to Berlin, creating something marvellously new in the process.” – Andreas Rossmann, Frankfurter Allgemine Zeitung

“The season's winner!“ – Wolfgang Höbel, Der Spiegel

“The play is manic and outrageous.“ – Egbert Tholl, Süddeutsche Zeitung

Translated by Priscilla Dionne Layne.

Directed by Ameneh Bordi, Senior Directing Fellow, Arena Stage

A discussion follows with Nurkan Erpulat and Jens Hillje.

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Jens Hillje (b. 1968) is a freelance dramaturg and director. He cofounded the Baracke at the Deutsches Theater in 1996 with Thomas Ostermeier (Theatre of the Year 1998). From 1999 to 2009 he was a member of the artistic team and chief dramaturg of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz. Hillje received second place for the 2011 Director of the Year award.

Nurkan Erpulat (b. 1974) is a resident director at the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus. Erpulat recently directed an adaptation of Kafka’s novel The Castle at Deutsches Theater Berlin. Many of his works have been invited to national and international festivals. Erpulat also works in Turkey, the country of his birth.

Presented by the Goethe-Institut Washington and Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

(c) Arena StageArena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater is a national center dedicated to the production, presentation, development and study of American theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Molly Smith and Executive Producer Edgar Dobie, Arena Stage is the largest company in the country dedicated to American plays and playwrights. Now in its sixth decade, Arena Stage serves a diverse annual audience of more than 300,000.

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