New German dramatic art - Plays

Nachtblind (Nightblind)

“Leyla is a young woman seeking to carve out a niche for herself beyond the confines of normality. At home, her family is breaking up: her brother is arming himself mentally for battle, her father is distancing himself from the others and her mother has been turning a blind eye to things for a long time.
Leyla meets Moe, a shy car mechanic who is supposed to be highly gifted. More than just social worlds collide: sparks fly, affection grows and changes everything. But there is another man in Leyla’s life. He appears rarely, but forcefully, causing chaos then usually disappearing for long periods of time. For years, he and Leyla have been covering industrial buildings in graffiti, transforming them into colourful castles in the air. They are bound to each other by something difficult to express somewhere between love and madness. Moe learns that the tall stranger is unable to distinguish between tenderness and violence. Leyla can hardly bear the blows and the love. Her close relationship to Moe and the family conflicts that are coming to a head push her more and more towards a decision. But she has to take this step alone. Darja Stocker’s extraordinary debut play tells of a contradictory act of liberation, the human capacity for endurance and painful solutions. As well as the necessity of dreaming.”
(henschel SCHAUSPIEL)

Responses to the play:
“The things that happen in Leyla’s family and between her and Moe have been packaged so concisely and elegantly for the stage by Darja Stocker that we do not see this contorted domestic drama as a construction, but as a slice of family life at a time when attempts are being made to replace the ‘care’ children used to get on good days and the ‘cane’ they got on bad days with debates about values. Particularly when Leyla attacks the lies her mother lives and dissects her own evasions in the course of the argument, Darja Stocker has succeeded in writing dialogue that really hits the mark, interspersed with short monologic passages in which Leyla and Moe report on what has been and is going on between them. However, these passages are few and far between, and emphasise the shyness of the two rather than transforming their actions into post-dramatic gestures emptied of subjectivity.”
(Jürgen Berger, Theater Heute, July 2006)

Technical Data:

Swiss Premiere 18.03.2006, Theater an der Winkelwiese, Zurich
Director Brigitta Soraperra
German Premiere 22.04.2006, Schauspiel Hannover, Ballhof Zwei
Director Caroline Farke
Cast 2 D, 2 H
Rights henschel SCHAUSPIEL Theaterverlag GmbH
Marienburgerstr. 28
10405 Berlin
Tel: 030-44318888
Fax: 030-44318877
Translations Theatre Library