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By Necati Öziri against Heinrich von Kleist

Revolution is raging in Haiti. After more than a hundred years of slavery, the subjugated populace is fighting for freedom. One night, young Gustav, a nobleman from Switzerland, knocks at the door of Toni, foster daughter of one of the revolutionary leaders, asking for protection while escaping from the revolutionary troops…

Die Verlobung in St. Domingo – Ein Widerspruch
Die Verlobung in St. Domingo – Ein Widerspruch © Tanja Dorendorf - 2019

Toni must decide – there’s no time for revolutionary romanticism. In “Die Verlobung in Santo Domingo” (Betrothal in St. Domingo, 1811), Heinrich von Kleist’s novella published shortly after the French Revolution, the author recounts a dramatic love story against a backdrop of revolution, and describes two clear fronts: “white” versus “black,” good versus evil, order versus anarchy.

Yet how will the story go when it isn’t clear who is friend or foe when it comes to enlightened values?

In his new play, Necati Öziri contradicts supposedly unambiguous positions and interprets the story with a new level of opposition that forces us to engage in a modern-day discussion about violence and counterviolence.

Premiere: April 4th, 2019 at the Schauspielhaus Zürich

Koproduktion mit dem Schauspielhaus Zürich
Aufführungsrechte: ´Theaterverlag Felix Bloch Erben GmbH, Berlin
Foto: © Esra Rotthoff
Bühnenfotos: © Tanja Dorendorf

(Program in German with English surtitles)
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Participating artists
Maryam Abu Khaled
Tim Freudensprung
Dominic Hartmann
Kenda Hmeidan
Dagna Litzenberger Vinet
Abak Safaei-Rad
Falilou Seck
Sebastian Nübling
Pascale Martin
Lars Wittershagen
Anna Heesen
Michael Güntert
Sasha Davydova
Ralf Fuhrmann
Christian Bojidar Müller
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