We are grateful to have had the Berliner Ensemble on site again, to give them a space for their rehearsals of the play FABIAN written by Erich Kästner and directed by Frank Castorf.
Berlin on the eve of Hitler’s seizure of power; the metropolis is lurching towards its doom. Fabian, a melancholy yet humorous observer, wanders through this juggernaut of a city that seems to be amusing itself into oblivion. In 1950, Erich Kästner, whose books were burned by the Nazis, wrote about his censored novel Fabian, which was only published in its original version in 2013: “Today, new, or more precisely, very old powers are once again fanatically engaged in distributing standardised opinions via mass vaccination. The novel Der Gang vor die Hunde was meant to be a warning against the abyss that Germany and, hence, Europa was approaching!”
The premier of FABIAN will take place on March 28th, 2020 at the Berliner Ensemble at Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1, 10117 Berlin.