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Hugo von Hofmannsthal • Jedermann

Das Spiel vom Sterben des reichen Mannes
The play about the death of the rich man

Renewal

In German


In case of bad weather in the Grosses Festspielhaus

PREMIERE

  • 27 July 2011, 20:30

DATE

  • 28 July 2011, 17:30
  • 02 August 2011, 20:30
  • 06 August 2011, 17:30
  • 09 August 2011, 20:30
  • 15 August 2011, 20:30
  • 16 August 2011, 17:00
  • 19 August 2011, 17:00
  • 20 August 2011, 17:00
  • 22 August 2011, 17:00
  • 26 August 2011, 17:00
  • 29 August 2011, 17:00

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CREATIVE TEAM

Christian Stückl, Director
Marlene Poley, Sets and Costumes
Markus Zwink, Music

CAST

Martin Reinke, The Lord God/A Poor Neighbour
Ben Becker, Death
Nicholas Ofczarek, Everyman
Elisabeth Rath, Everyman’s Mother
Peter Jordan, Everyman's Good Companion/Devil
Birgit Minichmayr, Paramour
Robin Sondermann, A Debtor
Britta Bayer, The Debtor’s Wife
Felix Vörtler, Fat Cousin
Thomas Limpinsel, Thin Cousin
Sascha Oskar Weis, Mammon
Lina Beckmann, Good Deeds
Robert Reinagl, The Cook
David Supper, Servant
Riederinger Kinder, Narrators
Ars Antiqua Austria
Gunar Letzbor, Musical Direction

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION

Even more than 2000 years after the birth of Christ, the idea is unsettling: that there could be a heavenly realm, a realm of justice, not continued injustice, a place of eternal life and respect. However, there is a judgment before this salvation that demands an accounting. Fear makes people pious. If, in the face of inescapable death, only good deeds counted, then Jedermann would be the devil’s prey. And as is sometimes the case in life, this devil proves himself our best friend and a quick study. The fact that Jedermann escapes him at the very end is almost like a fairy-tale, given his godless and egomaniacal life. Hofmannsthal invented a version of the Middle Ages that actually reflects our present: the struggle between god and money within each of us and the child-like, fairy-tale hope to be able to attain both – the full present and the full afterlife. The question remains: how does man deal with death? On the occasion of the 90-year anniversary of the Salzburg Festival, Christian Stückl directed the traditional play in 2010 with an almost all-new ensemble and the youngest Jedermann in history.

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