›Dear playbill readers, We are looking forward to writing to you today! In the past, we have corresponded with pen friends who are in a lifelong lockdown – in prison. We collaborated with them on a stage production to which we cordially invite you today. We missed you. Best regards and take care, your Markus&Markus theater collective‹
Penthesilea, Judith, Clytemnestra, Medea, Lady Macbeth. Evening after evening, we let ourselves be swept along by their violent acts and take pleasure in drama, murder and manslaughter. If they weren’t captured in Penguin Classics, they would probably be in jail. That is where the theater collective Markus&Markus sought out the – very real – protagonists for their new piece and started writing them letters. They became pen-friends with women convicted of murder. In their inimitable form of documentary theater, which entirely dispenses with a claim to reality, Markus&Markus jointly create a theater evening that raises new questions concerning humanity and second chances.
CONCEPT & REALIZATION Lara-Joy Bues, Katarina Eckold, Markus Schäfer, Markus Schmans
STAGE & COSTUME CassidyAndTheKid
LIGHTING DESIGN Anahí Pérez
VOICES Marie Jordan, Ronja Losert, Laura Naumann
DRAWINGS Rosanna Merklin
Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste in co-production with LOT Braunschweig, Pavillon Hannover, Sophiensaele Berlin, ROXY Birsfelden, Theater Rampe Stuttgart, Lichthof Theater Hamburg, and by MWK Niedersachsen, Stiftung Niedersachsen, den Regierenden Bürgermeister Berlin - Senatskanzlei - Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Friedrich Weinhagen Stiftung. With thanks to Amber, April, Lisa-Jo, Maureen, Milishia.
Guest performance in the framework of the NFT. This project is made possible by the program ›Verbindungen Fördern‹ of the German Federal Association of the Performing Arts, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.