Jossi Wieler, who has worked closely with Elfriede Jelinek for thirty years, premieres one of her most personal theatre texts to date, Angabe der Person.
The German tax authorities haunt Elfriede Jelinek's new play: Angabe der Person. The tax investigation is going on, private premises are being searched, papers are being confiscated.
On these papers: everything that accumulates in a long life. Stories of the living, stories of the dead, actually more of the dead by now.
The author takes "the last metres" as an opportunity to look at her own "life course", at the "misdeeds" of her own past, at the "undead" of her biography.
She tells of her parents and grandparents, of the Jewish part of her family, of relatives who were expelled and murdered, of flight and persecution, of the compensation of the perpetrators, of old and new Nazis, past and present.
She writes as an accused plaintiff, as a victim and as a lawyer. About herself. About Germany. Sometimes in overflowing cascades of rage and words. Sometimes as a reminder of the forgotten and as a song of mourning of rare clarity.
The play received a Nestroy Theatre Award for "Best Performance in the German-speaking World" and a German Theatre Prize DER FAUST for the actress Fritzi Haberland.