(ffm) In autumn “Die Schmiere“ goes into the 70th season - but their beginnings go back even further. Directly after the Second World War Rudolf Rolfs began to entertain his audience with a travelling stage. He found it in the squares of a destroyed country, including Frankfurt's Römer. In 1950 he settled down with his theatre - at that time still in the basement of the Steinernes Haus. Nine years later the theatre moved to the Karmeliterkloster, the central place where it still attracts a wide audience today. In the meantime the theatre has been under the aegis of Effi B for almost 30 years. Rolfs, who founded a very own line and tradition there. She has now been awarded the Goethe Plaque of the City of Frankfurt for her commitment and the committed enrichment of Frankfurt's cultural landscape. Lord Mayor Peter Feldmann said at the award ceremony in the Kaisersaal: „People cannot escape the magic of the theater, then as now - and Effi B. Rolfs and her team have managed to move this attraction forward again and again, to open up again and again. “ Thus the house is exemplary for an attitude that is Frankfurt tradition: “Always open to the new, not out of sight of the past. Die Schmiere is a proud piece of Frankfurt history.“
For the Honoured, „Die Schmiere“ is exactly not a classical state or city theatre: „We are always on the lookout for new talents, new artists, new plays - even those who don't yet have a big stage.This also included many young artists who later celebrated great success throughout the Republic. The theater maker succeeded her father with two comrades Matthias Stich and Klaus Teßnow - also very young at age. A true theatre alpha animal, as she says, but also a man who supported his young successors with the same verve. The transition was successful, the audience was curious about what the young theatre-makers had to offer. This is still the case today when the legendary cardboard curtain rises in the winding cellar of the Carmelite monastery.
effi B. Rolfs, born on 3 January 1968, was already on stage at a young age, also at the side of her father and his partner Reno Nonsens. In addition to her theatre activities, she also works as an artist and author. The Goethe Plaque is awarded up to twice a year to poets, writers, artists and scientists as well as other personalities of cultural life whose creative work is worthy of an honour dedicated to Goethe's memory.