by Dietmar Jacobs & Moritz Netenjakob
Performed: - Reberastrasse 12 Schaan, (LI) Sarganserstrasse 66 Mels (CH) , Vorderwinkel 6 Maienfeld (CH), Früeweidstrasse 1061 Alt St. Johann (CH), Feb 24 - May 25, 2023
This should be easy peasy: it’s the Annual Meeting of the Tennis Club Lengenheide (a small city somewhere in Germany), and it’s the last item on the agenda: buying a new BBQ grill. President Heribert Bräsemann is ready to adjourn, when Melanie Pfaff raises her hand with a simple question: Wouldn´t it be nice to acommodate her mixed doubles team partner and his family and buy a second grill? As Muslims they can´t eat meat that has shared the grill with pork sausages.
Slowly but surely mayhem ensues. Over the course of the play we touch on topics of racism, sexism, classism, how can cultures live together and what has to give? Is there a leading majority culture with the right to insist on its values? Are all values equal?
Extrawurst is hilarious and disturbing in equal measure, as deep seated prejudices and stereotypes are exposed.
“There is not a line in this play that I have not heard said out loud” was the cast consensus, resigned and appalled in equal measure…
Co-production of Theater Karussell and TAK Theater Liechtenstein
Direction: Katrin Hilbe
Assistant Director: Dodo Büchel
Scenic Design: Katharine Hind
Costume Design: Kerstin Köck
Lighting Design: Fenna von Hirschheydt
Hair & Makeup: Annette Ospelt
PR & Media: Heidi Salmhofer
Crew: Armin Dietrich, Peter Hoffmann
Cast: Thomas Hassler, Ute Hoffmann, Mustafa Kara, David Kieber, Zeno Langenbahn.
Photography: Nils Vollmar
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"Director Katrin Hilbe keeps a close eye on one aspect that could easily go unnoticed with all the jokes bandied about: In a community that for years has been headed by a manipulative chairman who has jovially disguised his autocratic leadership style, the culture of discussion has hardly been able to develop."
"The brisk pace, the ways in which the characters reveal themselves, how they interact in and with the audience, and the fierce discussions between the protagonists - the ensemble of Thomas Hassler, Ute Hoffmann, Mustafa Kara, David Kieber and Zeno Langenbahn achieve an impressive unity of performance."
"As stated in the text, the house doesn't go dark, the audience represents the General Meeting, from which individual members of the tennis club move to the stage and then return to their seats. Katrin Hilbe, an experienced opera director, also relies on this effect of involving the audience directly in the events. They are even called upon to vote, and at the Premiere in Schaan (Liechtenstein) they raised the number of performances where the audience voted for buying a second BBQ grill. A plus point of tolerance for Liechtenstein and best marks for Theater Karussell."
"The play, written by Dietmar Jacobs and Moritz Netenjakob, exemplifies that this subject matter not only concerns Germans. It could be Tennis Club Vaduz, TC Feldkirch or TC Buchs. Katrin Hilbe's direction makes it equally clear that our society still very much thinks and acts by labeling people, and that the step from being empathetic to making radical and xenophobic statements is indeed a small one."
"The play, written by Dietmar Jacobs and Moritz Netenjakob, shows that the topic is not just a German one. It could be TC Vaduz, TC Feldkirch or TC Buchs. Katrin Hilbe's direction also makes it clear that our society still very much thinks and acts according to labels and that moving from being empathetic to uttering radical and xenophobic opinions is a small step indeed."