JAMES BROWN WORE CURLERS
by Yasmina Reza
translated from the French by Frank Heibert and Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel
Did you understand what she was trying to say? - No. But I didn't like it.
The couple Pascaline and Lionel Hutner is desperate: Their son Jacob is Céline Dion. When he heard a song of the Canadian superstar for the first time at the age of five, his transformation began. Now he/she masters her repertoire perfectly and plans the world tour "Road to South" with new songs. In the therapeutic institution of a psychiatrist, who is, however, a little too unconventional in the eyes of the parents themselves, Jacob is to be "cured". But to their even greater despair, the therapist not only accepts Jacob's self-image, but also advises the parents to make peace with his identity design. Especially since Jacob-Céline is doing well, having made a friendship for the first time in her life and found a soulmate in young Philippe, who, as a white man, is convinced he is black.
Yasmina Reza, celebrated author of much-played social comedies such as "God of Carnage" and "Three Times Life " and best-selling novels - most recently "Serge " - has written a new, fairy-tale melancholy play about the profound problems of understanding between generations, which celebrates the freedom and self-determination of the individual as the supreme principle.
With Philipp Stölzl, who brought out "The Legacy" by Matthew Lopez at the Residenztheater last season (invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2023), Yasmina Reza's director of choice takes over the world premiere.
Production and stage Philipp Stölzl
Costumes Kathi Maurer
Music Ingo Ludwig Frenzel
Lighting Gerrit Jurda
Collaboration stage Franziska Harm
Choreography and physical training Paulina Alpen
Dramaturgy Almut Wagner
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