Following “Als ich ein kleiner Junge war” (2006/2007) and “Prost Onkel Erich oder Vom Kleinmaleins des Seins” (2010) this is now the third play to celebrate its premiere at the Gläserne Manufaktur.
“Erich Kästner deserves a place among the great authors who, by speaking about their own internal worlds, explain the world as a whole,” says Walter Sittler in an interview in the author’s hometown.
“The Gläserne Manufaktur is the perfect venue. We are very happy that the premiere is happening here in this special anniversary year. Walter Sittler is the perfect person to play the humorous and sharp-tongued Mahner Kästner, whose words are more poignant today than ever. He very subtly manages to bring Kästner to life in the hearts and minds of the people watching,” says Jana Heinrich, who is responsible for Marketing & Events at the Gläserne Manufaktur.
This wintry story is a montage of essays and accounts, Christmas poems and excerpts from the author’s novels. Winter was a very special time for Erich Kästner, and no fewer than six of his most beautiful stories such as “The Flying Classroom” and “Three Men in the Snow” take place during the colder months. As a chronicler of his own time, Erich Kästner used the subject of “Christmas” to analyse the period’s society and people. This Christmas programme is typical of Kästner with its melancholic and ironic texts, humour and matter-of-factness that all go to show how relevant his observations still are today. Libor Síma also composed the music for the previous two Kästner plays. For Sittler’s programme, he composed a new arrangement of the most beautiful European Christmas songs for a German literary-musical review of the 1920s to the 1950s.
Following the premiere on Saturday, 30 November at 8 pm, two further performances will take place at the Gläserne Manufaktur on Sunday, 1 December at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets will go on sale at the Gläserne Manufaktur and all the usual ticket offices on Saturday, 24 August at 10 am. Tickets are also available online at www.glaesernemanufaktur.de. There are three price categories: €39, €49 and €69 incl. VAT plus a booking fee. Following the performances in Dresden, the play go on tour around the German-speaking countries.