10/07/2021, 21.00 – 22.30

In French with German and English surtitles

Qui a tué mon père

(Who killed my father)
by Édouard Louis
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier

In French with German subtitles

»Throughout my entire childhood, I hoped you’d disappear.« — The disgust with which he regards his violent, alcoholic, rightwing father, whose homophobic outbursts traumatised him for life as he was growing up gay in the French provinces, lies deep in Édouard Louis. But when, in his most recent text, the French writer confronts his now seriously ill father, his anger is transformed into compassion: »You can no longer get behind the wheel, are no longer allowed to drink, can no longer shower unaidid without it presenting an enormous risk. You´re just over fifty. You belong to the precise category of people for whom politics has envisaged a premature death.« The apparent perpetrator has become a victim. His propensity for violence now appears to be more a consequence of continuously suffered humiliation and social brutality. Using the broken body of his father as a starting point, Louis undertakes a defiant rewrite of the recent political and social history of France. It is a chronicle of an ongoing murder, of a deliberate mutilation by neo-liberal »reforms« and their brutality against the workers who are forced to experience their consequences in their own bodies. A polemical and rebellious pamphlet against forgetting, exclusion and the physical violence of a classridden society — and, at the same time, an intimate declaration of love to a person who makes it almost impossible to love him.

Following their collaboration on the adaptation of his novel »Im Herzen der Gewalt« (»History of Violence«), Édouard Louis, directed by Thomas Ostermeier, is appearing for the first time as a performer in one of his own works.

>>> Essay about the production in Pearson's Preview: »The Autobiographical Avant-Garde«
Édouard Louis On-Stage at the Schaubühne


Direction: Thomas Ostermeier
Video: Sébastien Dupouey, Marie Sanchez
Stage Design: Nina Wetzel
Costume Design: Caroline Tavernier
Music: Sylvain Jacques
Dramaturgy: Florian Borchmeyer
Production/Dramaturgy: Elisa Leroy
Lighting Design: Erich Schneider

With: Édouard Louis

Duration: ca. 90 minutes

Premieres on 7 October 2021, Premiere in Paris on September 9, 2020

Co-production with the Théâtre de la Ville Paris.
With the kind support of the Institut français Germany and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group.

Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Berlin.