Nacht ohne Sterne (DSE)

by Bernhard Studlar
We are living in a time where the loss of a Kindergarten-place represents an existential threat. This realisation marks the beginning of Berhard Studlar’s journey through the night in an indeterminate big city, where an array of scintillating characters come across each other’s’ paths – the family man who turns into a knife murderer, the loan shark who conceals a loving father’s heart underneath his professional brutality, an emergency doctor on the verge of a nervous breakdown, an unmasked angel and death himself in the guise of a janitor. The all struggle for a tiny bit of stable ground beneath their feet in the face of an ever more fragile surface of civilisation – a dance on the volcano, at times reminiscent of Schnitzler’s “La Ronde”, at times of a danse macabre. Some characters will not live to see the morning and none of them will be quite who they were. 

Bernhard Studlar characters show that their author listens closely to our brittle times – with all their grounding in reality, they are always pervaded by a tinge of the fantastic that lets them look into an enchanted mirror, reflecting something like the slight chance of a yearning fulfilled after all.
“Nacht ohne Sterne” had its world premiere as a commissioned work at the National Theatre in Bratislava in 2017 and Schauspiel Leipzig now produces the German-language premiere. Bernhard Studlar’s “Die Ermüdeten oder Das Etwas, das wir sind” saw its world premiere at Schauspiel Leipzig in 2015; the production is still in repertory at Diskothek.

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german debut performance on April 20, 2019


ca. 1:10, no break


Katharina Schmidt as The kindergarten teacher
Anne Cathrin Buhtz as The mother
Wenzel Banneyer as The father
Denis Petković as The loan shark
Marie Rathscheck as The angel / The actress
Daniela Keckeis as The doctor
as The Patient / The Statue of Liberty
Dirk Lange as Death
Tilo Krügel as The Barman


Playwright: Bernhard Studlar
Director and stage design: Gordon Kämmerer
Collaboration stage design: Louisa Robin, Nane Thomas
Costumes: Josa Marx
Composition: Friederike Bernhardt
Video: Ari Merten
Dramaturgy: Georg Mellert
Light: Jörn Langkabel
Theatre pedagogy: Amelie Gohla