The 31-year-old Berlin-based director Ersan Mondtag has become a well-known name in the German theatre scene – with good reason. Time and again he has succeeded in creating unique theatrical worlds, rich in overtones and with an enigmatic quality. With the fabulous actor Benny Claessens he is staging the world premiere of Sibylle Berg’s Hass-Triptychon — Wege aus der Krise at the Wiener Festwochen. Its ludicrously brutal scenes exemplify the envy, resentment, anger and destructiveness that can be found in all social classes. Housewives or homosexuals, old or young people, migrants or locals – they all murder and rape. As the central element of the piece, a “hate master” describes and comments on the events. In the end, will he also ask how much hate is enough?
- Artistic Team
Text Sibylle Berg Direction Ersan Mondtag Music, Composition Beni Brachtel Stage design Nina Peller Costume Teresa Vergho Light design Rainer Caspar Musical arrangement Lukas Rabe Sound design Max Lange Dramaturgy Ludwig Haugk With Bruno Cathomas, Benny Claessens, Jonas Grunder-Culeman, Johannes Meier, Abak Safaei-Rad, Aram Tafreshian, Çiğdem Teke
Co-production Wiener Festwochen, Maxim Gorki Theater (Berlin)
Performance rights Rowohlt Theater Verlag, Hamburg
Premiere May 2019, Wiener Festwochen
Ersan Mondtag is a director between the disciplines of theatre and music, performance and installation, born in Berlin in 1987. In 2012 he founded the KAPITÆL ZWEI KOLEKTIF in Munich and collectively developed durational performances, experimental party formats and interdisciplinary works for the theatre. For the Pinakothek der Moderne museum’s temporary pavilion he created Konkordia, a nine-day durational performance, together with Olga Bach. His productions at theatres in Frankfurt and Kassel have been invited to the radikal jung festival and Berlin Theatertreffen, among others. The journal Theater heute crowned Mondtag 2016's young director of the year, as well as set and costume designer of the year. In Studio Я he created Ein Requiem Deutscher Gerichtssprachen within the framework of the New Voices format. He also directed Ödipus und Antigone and Salome at the Maxim Gorki Theatre. His piece Die Orestie was presented at Wiener Festwochen in 2018.
The author Sibylle Berg was born in Weimar and now lives in Zurich. Her columns, novels and plays are merciless in their narrations of misfortune and the people that suffer from it. She has been honored with multiple awards, including the Egon-Erwin-Kisch Prize and the Kassel Literary Prize, for her works. Her most recent novels are Der Tag, als meine Frau einen Mann fand (The Day My Wife Found a Husband, 2015) and Wunderbare Jahre. Als wir noch die Welt bereisten (Wonderful Years - When We Still Travelled The World, 2016). Her Young People with Problems series is part of the Maxim Gorki Theater’s repertory: Es sagt mir nichts, das sogenannte Draußen (The So-Called Outside Means Nothing To Me, Play of the Year 2014), Und dann kam Mirna (And Then Came Mirna); and Nach uns das All - das innere Team kennt keine Pause (After Us Outer Space - No Rest for the Inner Team).