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My Private Jesus

by Lea Ruckpaul based on an idea by Eike Weinreich / Stage Director: Bernadette Sonnenbichler / Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

World premiere Heidelberger Stückemarkt
World premiere Heidelberger Stückemarkt

»My private Jesus« has its basis in a highly controversial thesis: Every human being has the right to take their own life. A young woman called Pi – after the number approaching infinity and representing the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter – announces her imminent suicide. Friends and family are appropriately shocked, but no amount of questioning, however persistent, can move Pi to reveal the reasons for her suicide. Instead, the young woman makes those she will soon leave behind an offer: As a compensation for the painful gap her death will cause, she wants to grant everyone who is present a wish. This causes a lot of outrage and incomprehension, but bit by bit, her friends and family disclose their most secret desires to Pi. This is where Lea Ruckpaul's text turns out to be a dark parable on our culture of performance and competition. Pi fulfils every wish addressed to her but in a different way than expected. This female Jesus is not a patiently suffering person taking on the sins of humankind but a trickster bringing to light the greed and narcissism of each person and forcing society to look in the mirror. 

With »My Private Jesus«, the actress Lea Ruckpaul presents her debut as playwright. 


Content notes

Stage Director
Bernadette Sonnenbichler
Set and Costume
Anna Brandstätter 
Cico Beck
Thomas Krammer
Dorle Trachternach
Wolfgang Michalek, Claudius Steffens, Sophie Stockinger, Sebastian Tessenow, Cennet Rüya Voß, Friederike Wagner, Blanka Winkler
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