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Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!

Comedy by Dario Fo

Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele
Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele
Dicker Turm
German version by Peter O. Chotjewitz

Rents are sky-rocketing, not to speak of electricity and water bills as well as supermarket prices:  How are normal people supposed to make ends meet? Antonia thinks: That’s enough! – and pilfers a nearby supermarket with a group of women. Unfortunately, they reckoned without their husbands who are surprisingly honest. On top of that, the police start to search every flat in the neighbourhood. But exceptional circumstances require exceptional imagination – A quality the women in Dario Fo’s play definitely demonstrate with their quick and brave moves.

Entitled »Non Si Paga! Non Si Paga!« in the Italian original, the author’s work decries social ills. It was developed in 1974 and reworked in 2009 in the context of the financial crisis. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Fo was a master of comedy and got arrested several times on stage for instigating people to carry out small day-to-day revolutions.

Stage and Costumes
Thomas Rump
Lighting Design
Margherita, Antonias jüngere Freundin
Marie Eick-Kerssenbrock
Giovanni, Antonias Mann
Luigi, Margheritas Mann
Polizist, Leichenbestatter, Alter, Bankdirektor
Assistant Director and Stage Manager
Therese von Aretin
Direction Hospitanz
Melissa Ludwig
Assistant Costumes
Anna Kuwert
Dramaturgy Hospitanz
Lydia Gebker
Henner John

The production of the decorative parts is carried out in the workshops of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg.

A complete list of all employees of the technical departments involved can be found here.