Gerhild Steinbuch (A) Biografie
or Night is abolished
55% theatre
45% literature

Somewhere deep underneath is the story of Antigone who wants to bury her brother but is refused this human right by Kreon, who only has reasons of state in mind. Somewhere deep underneath is the most radical history of our cultural memory about the limits of systems, of moral, humanity and human rights.
Gerhild Steinbuch has been guided by these essential issues to arrive at very different, very contemporary contexts. Her characters are from three generations and, as she describes it herself, a bit like people in sweaters that are too small: When the sweater tears in one place, they try to patch it up (on themselves or on others) with tape. Apart from Haimon, who always stands a bit outside. And who is the only one to retain his name from the tragedy in Steinbuch’s work: Antigone’s fiancé, who does not decide but rather waits for someone else’s decision. Undecided as to whether the sweater fits him or not.
Is identity fate or self-design? The search for identity between family and public, the yearning for closeness with concomitant isolation are the leitmotifs: “disappearing” is a play about growing old, dealing with it, and fighting against it in a world in which youth is the greatest good. And about being alone, a feeling entailed by this fight. And about the inability to formulate this.
The twenty-four-year-old playwright from Graz is one of the most successful and, at the same time – with her often unwieldy and yet up-close language – most individual young German-speaking authors. Since the première of her play “Nach dem glücklichen Tag” at steirischer herbst 2004, Steinbuch has also become a much sought-after author beyond the borders of Austria, now working with Roger Vontobel for the second time as première director.

Co-produced by steirischer herbst & Schauspielhaus Graz, guest performance at the Studiobühne der Grazer Oper

Wed 10/10, Fri 12/10 & Sat 13/10, 7.30 pm

Talk following the second performance

Studiobühne der Grazer Oper
Roger Vontobel

Set and Costume design
Petra Winterer

Sandra Küpper

Hannes Gastinger, Sophie Hottinger, Frederike von Stechow, Claudius Körber, Dominik Maringer, Dominik Warta et al.

Schauspielhaus Graz