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"ich möchte nur noch spielen"

Coproduction Collectif barbare / Theater Winkelwiese / Forum für Neue Musik Luzern / Theater Tuchlaube

A music theatre inspired by Max Frisch's "Drafts for a third diary" and interpreted by the six men of the ensemble für neue musik zürich on the occasion of their 30th anniversary.

The small village of Berzona in Ticino was Max Frisch's retreat between his travels. The film "Gespräche im Alter", ("Old Age Conversations") was shot there in 1985.

Astride Schlaefli used excerpts from "Gespräche im Alter" as well as "Sketches of a Third Diary", which Max Frisch wrote in New York in 1982/83, for her production. They too raise questions about aging and death and deal with the love relationship of an elderly man to a very young woman. Frisch speaks openly about his experience of ageing, the awareness of death, the creeping loss of memory and the ever-widening "circle of friends among the dead".

The imaginative and poetic staging plays with Frisch's texts and transfers them into a bizarre and original stage world. In a colourful Duplo railway landscape, Frisch and the aging members of the ensemble immerse themselves and lose themselves in a common game. It's the return to childhood.

„Ich frage mich manchmal, warum es so schwer ist, über das Alter zu reden.“
(“I sometimes wonder why it is so difficult to talk about age.”).

M. Frisch