Plays

Die Liste der letzten Dinge ("The Final List")

“Pia and Helen, two middle-aged women, are determined to redeem the world from itself.
Bound to one another in a love-hate relationship, they are waiting for the inquisitor, with whom they will go through their last things – things that are already being spoken of anyway, even in his absence. Until a third, younger woman appears, Georgina, who awakens unpleasant memories and dark premonitions in Helen and Pia.”

(Rowohlt Theaterverlag)

Responses to the play:

“The two women work with and against one another as they search for meaning – in and possibly beyond their own lives. As they themselves quite correctly note, they have not become resigned to their lot, and this gives them immense energy and a somewhat crazed inclination towards the fantastic. While Helen flies high from one new gain of knowledge to the next, Pia literally tries to keep her feet on the ground. However, the secret powers that slumber within them only come fully to light when a third woman disturbs the complicated mechanism of their relationship. In her latest play, Theresia Walser creates characters whose truth we do not discover by puzzling together biographical clichés. On the contrary, every piece of information she lets slip merely seems another invitation to play a thought game in which questions about various possible ways of living are raised, but never answered.”

(Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel)

“Two middling, average people alone together, nothing between them and eternity but their compulsive talking – there could hardly be a better set of circumstances for Theresia Walser’s dramatic mission. Action is of no use to her characters, for it would require decisions, a beginning and an end or at least meaning and purpose. But where are they to come across such things when their daily routines are monotonous and they already find it hard enough to put an at least verbally bearable gloss on the blurred grey. After all, why do human beings have imagination, if they cannot tell stories, or scraps of them, on some industrial estate […], conjuring up how things could have been or possibly still might be if reality were to merge with the flow of speech and, as a result, the flat, featureless landscape of life became a little hillier and more intellectually stimulating, if no more than that.”

(Franz Wille, Theater Heute 10/2006)

Technical Details

Premiere

7.07.2006, Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel, Haus der Kunst

Director

Schirin Khodadadian

Cast

3 Damen

Rights

Rowohlt Theater Verlag
Hamburger Str. 17
21465 Reinbek
Postfach 1349
21453 Reinbek
Теl.: 040-7272270
Fax: 040-7272276
Navigationssymboltheater@rowohlt.de

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