New plays for children’s and youth theatre

“Haut (Hotel Braunschweig)” (Skin. Hotel Brunswick) by Juliane Kann

© Karl-Bernd Karwasz„Haut (Hotel Braunschweig)“ © Karl-Bernd Karwasz

Juliane Kann was born in 1982 in Mecklenburg and studied writing for the stage at Berlin University of the Arts. In 2005, she was invited to the Stückemarkt at the Berlin Theatertreffen and the third Münchner Kammerspiele Dramatists' Weekend with her play Bloody Homeland, which was premiered that same year at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin. During the 2006/2007 season, she attended the Authors' Laboratory led by Thomas Jonigk at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus. It was there that Kann wrote her trilogy about youth issues, the plays Seventeen, the kids are alright, and Birds. They have been followed by works premiered at the Staatstheater Stuttgart, Theater Osnabrück, the Maxim Gorki Theater and the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. In 2009, Kann was awarded the Dramatists' Prize of the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries. Juliane Kann lives in Berlin.

Daniel has asked to be admitted to hospital. Nico is gay. His twin sister Janet keeps throwing up. Bozi, Nico’s best friend, is in love with Janet. Cynthia is also in therapy at the clinic and falls in love with Daniel. Daniel, Nico, Cynthia, Janet and Bozi are five young people, five completely “normal” young people. But what is normal? They go through the highs and lows of puberty, and are convinced it is depression. They each develop a strategy to deal with it. The first becomes emo and cannot snap out of it, the second looks for love and confuses it with sex, the third wants to be the best, the fourth expects too much of himself, while the fifth is unhappily in love, but keeps trying. Juliane Kann paints a panopticon of youth, torn between ecstasy and agony. What is remarkable about the quality of Kann’s texts is that in spite of all their supposed hysteria, her characters never come across as freaks, but keep reminding us of our own sensitivity and vulnerability.

2012 Nomination for the German Young People’s Theatre Prize
Technical Data
Premiere 01.04.2011, Staatstheater Braunschweig
Director Volker Schmidt
Number of roles 2 female, 3 male
Recommended age 14 +
Rights schaefersphilippen Theater und Medien, Köln
Gottesweg 56-62
50969 Köln

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