After Edward II. I am Love the unmarried is the second play by Ewald Palmetshofer at the Theater Basel and just like Edward II we liked the unmarried a lot and found it very impressive and thought provoking.
The way the actors speak, the language, the targeted use of light and music make the strong story even more powerful and the play was captivating from the first minute.
The stage is closed in by walls on both sides and in the back and through the rotating platform in the middle, sometimes there is a glass or even a wall facing the audience.
The story is about a 30 year old woman who was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for denouncing a young soldier as a deserter who was then sentenced to death.
The play switches between the past (the trial of the 30 year old woman) and the present, where the same woman has gotten old and her daughter and granddaughter are taking care of her.
Throughout the play we also get an insight into the lives of the daughter and the granddaughter, and how their lives where affected by their mothers/grandmothers past.
There are only female actors in the play and all the male parts are only narrated in the third person.
The topic of how the past influences the presence and how guilt is carried forward to the children and grandchildren is something that is always current and a very difficult question that remains unanswered during the play and leaves it to everyone in the audience to decide for himself.
production: Felicitas Brucker
stage: Viva Schudt
costume: Esther Bialas
music: Patric Catani
video: Jonas Alsleben
light: Cornelius Hunziker
dramatic composition: Constanze Kargl
Pia Händler as THE YOUNG
Katja Jung as THE MIDDLE
Marlen Diekhoff as THE OLD
Carina Braunschmidt as SISTER #1
Cathrin Störmer as SISTER #2
Barbara Horvath as SISTER #3
Franziska Hackl as SISTER #4
© pictures: Simon Hallström