Death Valley Junction
(Christel Weiler in "Stückwerk 3", Berlin 2001)
Responses to the Play
In his play "Death Valley", set in the American salt flats of Badwater, Ostermaier creates a film for the theatre: short scenes, harsh cuts. Cut and black. He shows people searching for their true self, for their past and their future. The paths they follow are convoluted. They fall from reality into dream. They continue to act even when the acting is long over. They search for their guilt, want to understand what is happening to them, with them, yet they never get wise to themselves.
Ostermaier‘s journey leads into the inferno of identity, where everything is extinguished, blurred, false. He sends his characters (...) into deceptive fictions and back-to-front realities. What matters to Ostermaier is the desire to shape one's own life in a society where the only force of motion is the characters' inability to communicate. They are "on the road” to themselves – yet they never arrive.
(C. Bernd Sucher in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung", 22 February 2000)
|Premiere||Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, February 2000|
|Cast||2 f, 6 m, basic set|
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|Play published||Theater heute 4 / 00, S. 62 - 69|