No one thought of her for three thousand years, her life was forgotten, as was her death: unredeemed, Ismene finds herself in an in-between realm, after an existence without content of her own and a death without memory.
Everything about her seems to be determined by others - by the ancient heroes of her family, her father Oedipus, the combative brothers Eteocles and Polynices, but especially by her sister Antigone, who rebels against the tyranny of her uncle Creon in an exemplary manner - a heroic path that Insmene does not follow.
Now, three thousand years later, the Dutch author Lot Vekemans has sought out this figure in obscurity and let him emerge from the shadows. After an eternity of silence, Ismene faces her story.
The fact that Susanne Wolff, after her brilliant portrayal of Creon in Oedipus City, is now playing this role in Stephan Kimmig's direction is more than just an irony of theater fate.
Creon is the man who kills half of Ismene's family, sends her father Oedipus into fatal banishment and sentences Antigone to death. After the great Antigone drama, there is no bitter conflict between Creon and Ismene in Lot Vekeman's continuation of the myth. On the contrary. Both live on in quiet seclusion and when Creon becomes seriously ill years later, she patiently cares for him until his death, and so they, the survivors of the myth, form a kind of post-apocalyptic couple in spirit.
Susanne Wolff was nominated for the German Theater Prize DER FAUST 2022 as Ismene in SCHWESTER.VON, a film by Jim Rocket based on the production Ismene, Sister of (director: Stephan Kimmig), Deutsches Theater Berlin, in the acting category.