F. Zawrel – hereditary and socially inferior

F. Zawrel – hereditary and socially inferior

Schubert Theater, Vienna (Austria)
Theater play with puppets

Friday, November 06, 2020 // 7.30 - 9.30 p.m.
Saturday, November 07, 2020 // 7.30 - 9.30 pm
Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne

    If there is such a thing as fulfillment in theater, it is probably this play – an event that one encounters very rarely. Nikolaus Habjan calls “F. Zawrel – hereditary and socially inferior” as his “centerpiece” and wants to play it all his life – to keep the memory of Friedrich Zawrel alive and as a reminder for future generations.

    Friedrich Zawrel grew up in Vienna in the 1930s. During the German occupation of Austria in World War II, he was locked up as a child in the “Spiegelgrund”, the second largest “youth welfare institution” of the German Reich, where hundreds of sick, handicapped and supposedly hereditary children and adolescents were “treated” and murdered. The institution’s physician, Dr. Gross, classified Zawrel in a report as “hereditary-biologically and socially inferior” … but Zawrel survived and managed to escape. After the war, he was one of the most important contemporary witnesses in the reappraisal of the euthanasia crimes in Vienna. Friedrich Zawrel died at the age of 85 in February 2015.

    Nikolaus Habjan and Simon Meusburger created an immensely gripping, touching and harrowing piece after numerous, very personal conversations with Friedrich Zawrel. The haunting play of Nikolaus Habjan and his folding-mouth puppets creates alienation and identification at the same time. In 2012, the production received the Nestroy Prize in the category “Best Off-Production”, Austria’s most important theater prize.In 2012, the production received the Nestroy Prize in the category “Best Off-Production”, Austria’s most important theater prize. The euro-scene Leipzig has already shown the piece once in 2016 and would like to give the audience this encounter again now.

    From 14 years

    Unit price 22,00 €

    Both performances will be followed by an audience discussion with Nikolaus Habjan and Simon Meusburger.

    Premiere: 23.03.2012, Schubert Theater, Vienna



    Production: Schubert Theater

    The guest performance in Leipzig is kindly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin.

    Conception and text: Nikolaus Habjan, Simon Meusburger based on stories by Friedrich Zawrel

    Puppet making: Nikolaus Habjan

    Production and lighting design: Simon Meusburger

    Costume: Lisa Zingerle

    Performers and puppetry: Nikolaus Habjan

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