By Nora Abdel-Maksoud
In "Café Populaire" Nora Abdel-Maksoud revives the concept of class, which has been declared dead, and exposes cultural-bourgeois delusions and self-deceptions with biting wit. The author takes her audience to a small town, where the hospice clown Svenja, the left-wing veteran Püppi and Aram, a representative of the "service proletariat", who cleans for Svenja and competes with her to take over the inn "Zur Goldenen Möwe", once a workers' pub and cultural center, appear. Inside the hyperwoken Svenja resides "the Don," her ugly alter ego, who despises lower-class people, sausage eaters, and reality TV watchers and interferes in the plot ever more uninhibitedly and shamelessly.
Nora Abdel-Maksoud turns her indignation at social conditions into wicked comedy. A new form of folk theater, these are sometimes referred to, and she is very much in agreement with that. "I like the word folk theater incredibly much," she says. After all, she says, dusted off, it means theater "that wants to tell stories, that is approachable and inclusive."
WITH Renate Fuhrmann, Lisa Sophie Kusz, Mirka Ritter, Felix Bold
DIRECTOR Guido Rademachers
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Katrin Lehmacher
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Barbara Büchmann
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