Saturday, 8 December 2007

Vorher/Nachher at the Czech Cultural Centre, Sofia

The “German” edition of 36 Monkeys’ pilot project ProText will close by the play Vorher/Nachher, by Roland Schimmelpfennig to be hosted by the Czech Cultural Centre, Sofia at 6:00 pm on December 11 and 12.

The author has worked as a journalist in Istanbul. During the 1999/2000 season he worked as a dramaturge and author at Schaubühne, Berlin and currently he is a dramaturge at Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hamburg. He has written more than 16 plays translated into 20 languages. Among his theatrical works are Die arabische Nacht [Arabian Night] (2001), Push up (2001), Vorher/Nachher [Before/After] (2002), Die Frau von früher [Woman from the Past] (2004), etc. His play Die arabische Nacht has been staged in more than 15 theatres around Germany and Austria and in 2001 it was nominated for a Play of the Year Award by some leading German critics.

Vorher/Nachher has been translated for the first time in Bulgarian (by Angelina Georgieva). The text comprises 51 separate short scenes. Its facetious structure much resembles the narrative’s cinematographic plot. The sequence of monologues gradually overlay different details of the lives of various guests of a hotel who do not know each other. Each story takes its own course as sometimes the stories interact to add new perspectives to characters’ life-stories. The jigsaw puzzle is assembled but it rather alludes to, than exhaust, the truth of their human substance.

A surprising, manifold and exquisite score that will be made out by the directors Gergana Dimitrova, Vasilena Radeva and Mladen Alexiev. Branimir Stoykov aka Bunny will again create and perform his music that each time makes up the unique soundscape of the particular on-stage reading event.

Video by: Lyubomir Draganov
Scenic Design by: Ralitza Toneva
Animation by: Boryana Krusteva
Starring: Anastasia Lyutova, Irina Docheva, Elena Dimitrova, Petko Kamenov, Hristo Petkov, Vasil Chitanov and Zlatko Mitresky


Tuesday, December 11, 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 12, 6:00 p.m.

Czech Cultural Centre

100, G. S. Rakovsky Street

Sofia