directed by Calle Fuhr
stage design and costumes Amelie Sabbagh
dramaturgy Angela Heide
video Max Hammel
premiere 7 May 2017
characters and cast
Odysseus Sebastian Klein
Philoktet Stefanie Reinsperger
Neoptolemos Luka Vlatković
Calle Fuhr from Düsseldorf is well on his way to becoming a truly renowned director (…) He demonstrates he is able to handle even a contemporarily adapted production in such way that he does not need to butcher the original substance of the play. This is due to the fact that this young director is very much able to discern the peculiar legacy of the tragedy – the way people use one another, become victims or perpetrators, so that the end justifies the means, or how clever communication can do the impossible (…) Calle Fuhr is worth the attention.
Hans Onkelbach, Rheinische Post, 5 June 2017
Three excellent actors from the Volkstheater ensemble provide a remarkable, credible performance highlighting the distress of both the victims and the initiator of evil, or rather the perpetrator. No forced and fabricated allusions to the contemporary situation all around the world are needed on theatre occasions such as this one. It is enough to know that we are part of a distinctive theatre.
Martin Lhotzky, FAZ
Calle Fuhr (b. 1994) comes from Düsseldorf, Germany, where he received his first practical theatre experience as an assistant director at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus immediately after graduation. He worked at the same position in the festivals Salzburger Festspiele and Wiener Festwochen. In this work he had the opportunity to meet such renowned directors as Martin Labarenz, Miloš Lolić, Guillermo Calderón and Dušan D. Pařízek. He staged his first productions at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (2014) and at bat-Studiotheater in Berlin, a scene which is part of the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch. Fuhr has been working as assistant director at Volkstheater, Vienna as of the 2015/2016 season. He staged two independent productions there; the first one, entitled The Provoking Rondo after the Rondo by the Provoking Mister Arthur Schnitzler, is based on Schwab's post-modern adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's play The Rondo (Der Reigen). His production of the controversial play by Katja Brunner Too Short in the Legs, also caught the attention of the theatre world and was part of the 2016 Flora Theatre Festival program. The adaptation of Philoktet is his first autonomous production on the scene of Volx/Margareten. He also produced the intimate thriller Christmas Eve (Heilig Abend) by Daniel Kehlmann in Stadttheater Ingolstadt or Schiller's drama Intrigue and Love (Kabale und Liebe) at Theater Bronski & Grünberg in Vienna.
Volkstheater was established in 1889 by a group of Viennese burghers. It is one of the largest theatres in the German-speaking world, which was built as the opposite of the aristocratic Burgtheater, with an interest in making popular folk productions more available to the general public (e.g. Nestroy, Raimund). The repertoire later became quite a bit more demanding (Ibsen, expressionist drama). The theatre began running an alternative stage in the 5th district Volx/Margareten in 2005.
Anna Badora, an Austrian director with Polish roots, became the new intendant of Volkstheater as of the 2015/2016 season. She has not been afraid to rejuvenate the ensemble and invite directors of Easter European “origin” to participate, such as Viktor Bodó or Dušan D. Pařízek who produced 4 productions here. The theatre deals with contemporary questions connected with the migration crisis in society by cooperation with representative of documentary theatre: the Israeli director Yael Ronen or the staging of new productions by contemporary authors. Their mission – to be a theatre for a truly broad public – has been accomplished, among other things, by a staging of Lessing's political drama about the meaning and choice of the “right” religion Nathan the Wise directed by Nikolaus Habjan, which is staged with Arabic subtitles.