Tragedy of Frank Wedekind
director: Verena Kirchner, trained youth director
Has Wedekind's "child tragedy" lost its meaning in times of Wikipedia and Internet pornography?
Today it would be described as a dark Coming of Age story, set in the society of the late 19th century. The focus is on the children themselves: Melchior, Moritz, Wendla, their schoolmates, their friends - lost between the awakening of their sexuality and the search for their own place in society. This is Wedekind's parents' generation: stuffy, hypocritical and so caught up in the self-imposed moral code that it is more important to them than the children who break from it.
Spring's awakening in theatres is usually brought to the stage by an adult ensemble. For us, it is the 'children' themselves who put themselves in the shoes of a generation before them, discovering that some things may be easier now, but that growing up and finding one's place in the world are still a challenge.