Jens Harzer (Jupiter / Amphitryon)
Marina Galic (Alkmene)
Sebastian Zimmler (Merkur / Sosias)
Antonia Bill (Charis)
Can we trust ourselves and our own feelings? In 1807 former officer Heinrich von Kleist, who dreamed of life as a poet, rewrote Molière’s comedy about popular figures in Greek mythology and turned it into a tragi-comedy.
Alkmene loves her husband Amphitryon so much, she would never betray him. But when she unknowingly spends a night with a God, nothing will ever be the same again. The seedy trick played by almighty Jupiter, who snuck into Alkmene’s bed after disguising himself as a Doppelgänger of Amphitryon, plunges everyone involved into a fierce identity crisis.
A story of adultery told as a comedy of mistaken identity, which poses uncomfortable questions, that can only be endured with humour: reason, feelings, senses – who tells us who we are and how we feel? Where possible do we only simulate love and the object of our desire?
Perhaps we are nowhere near as unique as we like to persuade ourselves, as lovers – and as people. If a sophisticated Doppelgänger can replace us, and not just in love – who are we then, really?
Following the romantic verse comedy ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’, film and theatre director Leander Haußmann once again comes to Thalia to examine the fallibility and deification of strong emotion.
PREMIERE 11th May 2019, Thalia Theater