Berndt Stübner
    as Kammergerichtsrat Fromm / Milek
    Tobias Amoriello
    as Meutenmitglied Hans / Polizist
    Ron Helbig
    as Meutenmitglied Rolf
    Julian Kluge
    as Baldur Barkhausen
    Philipp Staschull
    as Meutenmitglied Wolfgang / Marktfrau
    Friedrich Steinlein
    as Meutenmitglied Rudi / Polizist
    Paul Trempnau
    as Meutenmitglied Karl
    Nicole Widera
    as Eva Kluge / Meutenmitglied Lila
    Nina Wolf
    as Frau Heitler / als Meutenmitglied Martha

    Jeder stirbt für sich allein / Die Leipziger Meuten

    Based on the novel by Hans Fallada / Armin Petras, Clara Probst
    Berlin, 1940: The elderly couple Otto and Anna Quangel lives a quiet life when they hear that their son has been killed at the front. Deeply shaken by the death of their only child, their doubts in the dictatorial regime grow and they decide to take courage and put up resistance: They distribute postcards on which they call upon their compatriots to revolt against the Nazi-regime and its warmongering – in the belief that this will make them open their eyes…

    By capturing the Quangels’ desperation and helplessness as well as the emotions of the people surrounding them, which range from fear to cowardice to hate, “Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Every Man dies alone)” creates a panorama of the almost banal relentlessness of life in the era of German national-socialism. Not until the end is there a delicate shimmer of hope within hopelessness: the realisation that even pointless actions are not in vain as long as they promise some measure of self-determination.
    Hans Fallada, whose real name was Rudolf Ditzen, wrote this novel in 1946 within a mere four weeks. The story was based on true events, and the author was not to live to see its publication.

    Leipzig in the 1930s: The Gestapo has its eye on groups of young people who are occupying public spaces, attracting attention with their similar clothing and hand-made badges. They are members of the “Leipziger Meuten”, the first known German oppositional youth movement, which counted up to 1,500 members and was intended as a subversive alternative to the Hitler Youth – with the aim of maintaining their own autonomy.

    Towards the end of the 1930s, the leaders of the Leipziger Meuten were persecuted by the Gestapo, the judiciary as well as youth welfare services, and sentenced to prison for planning a communist coup – some of them were taken to the Buchenwald concentration camp. But the Meuten continued to exist. 
    1940s Berlin and Leipzig in the 1930s – Fallada’s “Jeder stirbt für sich allein” and the historical phenomenon of the Leipziger Meuten. Both deal with opposition in the national-socialist era, once within the parent generation, once from the viewpoint of young people. And both are not primarily concerned with political action but rather with the opportunity to fight for autonomy and self-determination in the face of a dictatorial system. The combination of both these materials creates a field of tension between the responsibility of the individual and the strength of a group.

    With this interweaving of Fallada’s novel “Jeder stirbt für sich allein” and the historical reality of the Leipziger Meuten, Schauspiel Leipzig continues its course of double projects.

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    Premiere on January 18, 2019

    Duration

    ca. 3:10, one break

    Cast

    Julischka Eichel as Anna Quangel
    Wenzel Banneyer as Otto Quangel
    Andreas Keller as Obergruppenführer Heitler
    Felix Axel Preißler as Oberkommissar Escherich
    Annett Sawallisch as Jungkommissarin Luisa von Ganten / Emmi Barkhausen
    Dirk Lange as Kriminalpolizeianwärter Lutz
    Bettina Schmidt as Frau Rosenthal / Zooi
    Berndt Stübner as Kammergerichtsrat Fromm / Milek
    Markus Lerch as Enno
    Tilo Krügel as Emil Barkhausen
    Michael Pempelforth as Leo / SA-Mann
    Tobias Amoriello as Meutenmitglied Hans / Polizist
    Ron Helbig as Meutenmitglied Rolf
    Julian Kluge as Baldur Barkhausen
    Philipp Staschull as Meutenmitglied Wolfgang / Marktfrau
    Friedrich Steinlein as Meutenmitglied Rudi / Polizist
    Paul Trempnau as Meutenmitglied Karl
    Nicole Widera as Eva Kluge / Meutenmitglied Lila
    Nina Wolf as Frau Heitler / als Meutenmitglied Martha
    Marie Rathscheck as Frau Rosenthal / Zooi (on 14.02.2020)

    Team

    Director: Armin Petras
    Stage Designer: Susanne Schuboth
    Costume Designer: Karoline Bierner
    Video: Rebecca Riedel, Katharina Merten
    Live-Video: Judith Meister / Doreen Schuster
    Music: Sebastian Vogel und Thomas Kürstner
    Choreography: Denis Kuhnert
    Dramaturg: Clara Probst
    Wissenschaftliche Beratung: Sascha Lange
    Jörn Langkabel

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