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Reto Finger: Cold Country (Kaltes Land)

Zeitgeist: New Playwrights from Austria, Germany and Switzerland

Staged Reading
Monday, 18 June 2012, 7 pm
Goethe-Institut Washington, GoetheForum
No charge
+ 1 (202) 289-1200 ext. 168
(c) Reto Finger
(c) Reto Finger
Times are always hard. Something that is also true for Hanna's family: Her brother died two years ago, and his death holds an open family secret. When everything is revealed, all that remains is to keep silent - or run amok.

"Cold Country deploys a sparse, poetic language and highly intense characters to show what it is like when the corset forced on us no longer fits and almost threatens to burst. What it is like when a new start is bound to fail because we know nothing but our own world, are imprisoned in our own cosmos." - (Fischer Verlag)

“[…] a indigestive lump of Switzerland […]“ – (Simone Meier, Theater heute 11/2006)

Translated by Karin Rosnizeck.

Directed by Serge Seiden, Associate Producing Artistic Director, The Studio Theatre

A discussion follows with Reto Finger.

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Reto Finger (b. 1972) won the Kleist Prize for Young Dramatists for the play Cold Country. He works for the Schauspielhaus Bochum, and is president of the Swiss association of authors. He was author-in-residence at the Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Schauspielhaus Zürich. His plays have been invited to a number of festivals.

Presented by the Embassy of Switzerland and The Studio Theatre

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(c) Studio TheatreStudio Theatre is dedicated to producing the best in contemporary theatre. The Studio Theatre’s restless, innovative spirit generates an uncommonly rich and diverse body of work, encompassing provocative new writing from around the world, unique events, and inventive stagings of contemporary classics. The Studio Theatre strives to present audiences with extraordinary writing, sophisticated design, and stunning performance, and is also committed to nurturing future generations of theatre professionals.

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