New plays for children’s and youth theatre

“Getürkt” (Cheated) by Jörg Menke-Peitzmeyer

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Jörg Menke-Peitzmeyer was born in Anröchte, Westphalia, in 1966. From 1986 to 1990 he studied drama at the Folkwang University in Essen. Theatre engagements took him to Mainz, Gießen, to the Theater am Kurfürstendamm and the Schlossparktheater in Berlin, to Stendal and Coburg. From 1998 to 2002, he completed a second degree in dramatic writing at the German Literary Institute in Leipzig, for which his graduation piece was his monologue "Der Manndecker" (Man-to-Man Marker). The play was premiered while he was still a student and has now also been developed into a film script. Commissions for the Theater der Altmark Stendal, the Theater Freiberg, the Grips-Theater Berlin and the Schlosstheater Moers followed. He has been living in Berlin as a freelance writer and actor since 2006.

18-year-old Musa receives a letter from the German Aliens Authority one day, informing him that he is not actually Lebanese, but Turkish and is thus required to leave the country, the Federal Republic of Germany, forthwith. Musa’s existence is called into question from two directions at once. Firstly, by his parents, who did not tell him that they used the turmoil of the Lebanese civil war in the eighties to leave their home country, the Turkish province of Mardin, which borders on Lebanon, without a passport, and to come to Germany as putative Lebanese, and thus political refugees. And secondly by international law, which, when defining a person’s identity, does not ask where someone was born or grew up. “Getürkt” concentrates on the existential devastation of a young person for whom, from one day to the next, nothing remains what it appears to be. In the transit rooms of deportation prisons, airports and emergency accommodation, it tells the story of someone who is suddenly no longer allowed to be what he was, and who does not want to be what he (supposedly) is.
(Theaterverlag Hofmann-Paul)

Jörg Menke-Peitzmeyer portrays the cynicism and madness of a story of deportation. Using powerful language, the author presents a strong, self-confident protagonist, portraying his counterparts from officialdom satirically, and comically exaggerating the absurdity of the officially ordered change of identity. He does not offer a solution, but only shows the characters’ situation and their reactions to it.
(Jury of the German Young People’s Theatre Prize 2012)

2012 Nominated for the German Young People’s Theatre Prize
Technical Data
Premiere 05.10.2012, Theater BAAL novo, Theater beyond limits, Offenburg. Coproduction with the Theater Bonn
Director Marita Ragonese
Number of roles 1 female, 2 male
Recommended age 15 +
Rights Theaterverlag Hofmann-Paul Berlin
Naumannstr. 24
10829 Berlin

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