The Pigeons

by David Gieselmann
Direction: Marius von Mayenburg

World Premiere
Sponsored by Kulturstiftung des Bundes within the frame of »60 Jahre Deutschland. Annäherung an eine unbehagliche Identität«.

»I want to run away,« are Robert’s first words in the play »The Doves« and they hold true for its protagonist in two ways: Robert Bertrand wants to run away from the office Christmas party and, as he points out to his junior assistant and friend Holger, really disappear. He doesn’t clarify whether that means he’ll run off to a remote Caribbean island or, for example, to Lörrach to begin a new life with another woman or whether, after robbing a bank, he’ll settle in Rio or maybe just kill himself. A short time later, Robert Bertrand really does run away. He disappears. Holger is bullied at work although he’s supposed to take on Robert’s job as boss, a position which Robert’s son, Helmar, is also
claiming. Robert’s twin brother, François, unexpectedly turns up and arouses romantic feelings in Robert’s wife Gerlinde, as well as in the Dutch safe-breaker Silja. Meanwhile Holger’s bullying colleague, Heidrun, and his aggressive wife Natalie sleep with his and their psychiatrist Dr. Asendorf who is on the verge of losing his marbles because he can’t keep his patients apart anymore. While the company’s succession and a huge bag filled with stolen money are fiercely struggled over, the boundaries between reality and illusion are becoming blurred, and not only in Dr. Asendorf’s over-stretched brain…
»The Doves« was the winner of the comedy playwrighting competition »Germany’s dysfunctional children« and is David Gieselmann’s second play – after »Herr Kolpert« – being shown at the Schaubühne. Marius von Mayenburg, the Schaubühne’s playwright-in-residence, directs.

Author: David Gieselmann
Direction: Marius von Mayenburg
Stage and costume design: Nina Wetzel
Music: Malte Beckenbach
Dramaturgy: Maja Zade
Light design: Erich Schneider

Gerlinde Bertrand: Judith Engel
Robert / François Bertrand: Urs Jucker
Helmar Bertrand: Stefan Stern
Natalie Voss: Eva Meckbach
Holger Voss, her husband: Robert Beyer
Dr. Erich Asendorf, Psychiater: Sebastian Schwarz
Heidrun / Libgart Reichert: Cathlen Gawlich
Silja van der Vries: Luise Wolfram

Duration: ca. 90 minutes

(without interval)

Premiered on 6 March 2009