fot. © Thomas Aurin

6th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
07.-14.11.2008 Kiel GERMANY


Wednesday, 11.11. | 20:00 | Schauspielhaus | studio stage

PROFESOR Y [Germany]
based on "Conversations with Professor Y" by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, adapted for the stage by Mottel Schuscha
performed by Herbert Sand

The French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961) is considered one of the most controversial and influential writers of the 20th century. He is said to have developed a new style of writing that modernized both French and world literature. His "Journey to the End of the Night" (1932) and "Death on the Installment Plan" (1936) broke literary conventions of the time, by using the rhythms and the vocabulary of slang and vulgar speech. During the Nazi occupation Céline was accused of anti-Semitism and subsequently lived in exile for a number of years. After his return to France in 1951, Céline wrote some more books and "Conversations with Professor Y" (1955), a series of imaginary interviews where the innovator of language apparently turned against the inner silence and set forth to explain himself to the world. Professor Y is an anxious and neurotic projection screen. By means of the imaginary professor's questions, Céline seems to fathom his own shallowness.

Herbert Sand has been member of the renowned Volksbühne ensemble in Berlin since 1979. Mottel Schuscha was born in Zürich, Switzerland, and works as freelance director in Berlin.

directed by Mottel Schuscha
stage, costume and video design by Cornelius Onitsch
dramaturg: Katrin Wächter

Produced by Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin

Presented in collaboration with Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein and Centre Culturel Français, Kiel

language: German | length: 60 minutes
Following the show (ca. 21:15) there will be a discussion about Louis-Ferdinand Céline, featuring Mottel Schuscha (director) and Hanna Mittelstädt (translator, Edition Nautilus).