New plays for children’s and youth theatre

“Weißbrotmusik” (White Bread Music) by Marianna Salzmann

© Joerg Metzner“White Bread Music” © Joerg Metzner

Marianna Salzmann was born in Volgograd in 1985 and grew up in Moscow. In 1995, she moved to Germany. She read Literature, Theatre and Media Studies at the University of Hildesheim before going on to the Berlin Academy of Arts to study Dramatic Writing in 2008. After working as an assistant director and assistant dramaturg at the Schauspielhaus Hanover and the Theaterhaus Jena, she started directing in her own right in Hildesheim und Hanover. Her first play, “White Bread Music”, won the Wiener Wortstaetten Prize in 2009 and was performed at the BAT Berlin and at the Nestroyhof in Vienna. This was followed by works premiered at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel Munich (“Satisfied”), at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin (“Mass Extinction of the Possibilities“ and “Mother Tongue Mameloschn”) and at the Ballhaus Naunynstrasse (“Beg your Pardon”). In January 2012, she was awarded the Kleist Prize for Young Dramatists for her play “Birthmarks Window Blue”, which was premiered at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. Marianna Salzmann lives in Berlin, she is an in-house author at the Gorki-Theater and has been head of the Studio Я. there since the 2013/2014 season.

Inspired by the real-life case of the so-called “Munich Underground Thugs”, “White Bread Music” is the story of three young people – Sedat, Aron und Nurit – who find themselves in a world whose themes and conflicts are alien to them. They feel stressed out, unable to cope with their problems. The situation goes from bad to worse, there’s a disaster waiting to happen. Paradigmatically, the play shows the difficulties of young people who have to find their bearings between first and second generation, between fatherland and country of residence, and who have to find a viewpoint of their own within a tangle of cultures and religions.
(Verlag der Autoren)

2009 Awarded the Austrian Prize for Dramatists in Exile
Technical Data
Premiere 25.09.2010 bat-Studiotheater Berlin, followed by Theater Strahl Berlin
Director Rick Hartnagel
Number of roles 2 females, 2 males
Recommended age 15+
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