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Schauspiel Frankfurt Neue | Mainzer Straße 17
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Premiere on 22.09.2023

Directed by Christina Tscharyiski

"I don't think we will ever find peace here," wrote poet Masha Kaléko in her diary in 1941. The Jewish poet experienced a few luminous years in Berlin, during which she rose to become an icon of the "New Objectivity." But the reign of terror of the National Socialists finally forced her into emigration. Together with her husband and their son, Kaléko ended up in New York, crammed into an apartment that was too small and deprived of the opportunity to pursue her artistic work. Later, a brief comeback would lead her back to the land of the perpetrators. But the Berlin in which she celebrated her successes no longer exists. She moves on to Israel. But even here she finds no peace.

The life and work of Mascha Kaléko are the starting point for a new play by Anja Hilling. The result is the impressive encounter of two poets, two languages - in the middle of the present. The play tells of a life in which the only dwelling is in movement, of attempts to found families, in art, in convention, in love. In Christina Tscharyiski's production, the play's poetic language combines with a driving musicality to create a journey through space and time.

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