VenueTHEATRE OF THE SOCIETY FOR MACEDONIAN STUDIES
Hermann and Maria Braun are getting married in a town hall, which has just been hit by a bomb during the Second World War. Two days later Hermann has to return to the front and doesn’t make it back once the war is over. Maria waits, eking out a living and then receives the news that he is dead. She works in a bar and begins a relationship with a GI. One evening, when she’s just about to go to bed with him, Hermann walks through the door. She strikes her lover dead. In court, her husband takes all the blame on himself and goes to jail for her. In his place, Maria strives towards a better life. Towards a common future on the Big Day, the day of his second return. She learns the basic economic laws of the boom years of the just founded German Republic and believes herself to be in control of her emotional life which is, however, dictated by economic rules.
A mistake for which she will end up paying a high price.
From the Press: “Ostermeier’s Maria Braun is a comedy, melodrama, a document of the post-war years and a homage to Fassbinder’s film family.”
Premiered at the Schaubühne on 23 November 2009
Take-over of a production of the Münchner Kammerspiele / Resumption with new cast