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Pirsch

by Ivana Sokola

Theatre
Zwinger 1
in German without supertitles

Whether town festival, village fete, fair or marksmen competition, there are rules for every kind of party. There's dancing. There's eating. Marinka returns home after years away, and while the PARTY keeps on partying, memories are coming back: memories of one particular party night that stopped Marinka from ever wanting to dance again. A night that is difficult to put into words. It's just a dream, says her brother. Marinka isn't able to state the extent of the crime, says the police woman. But Marinka will no longer be a victim; she wants to be the hunter. Together with a pack of dogs, she goes on a bitter HUNT to fight violence with violence, amid revenge and guilt, mercy and howling:

»He made me game / Returned me to the fields. / But look at me: / They're all wrong. / I am a huntress. / I lift my hand / Look: / Everyone cowers. / That is what we call R E S P E C T / Idiots.«


Ivana Sokola graduated from the Creative Writing for the Stage programme at the Universtität der Künste Berlin in 2022. Her plays have already been awarded various prizes, including the Kleist-Förderpreis for young playwrights. Together with Jona Spreter, she forms the author duo Sokola//Spreter. Ivana Sokola's »Pirsch« was awarded the Autor*innenpreis of the Heidelberg Stückemarkt 2022. The second premiere of the text will open the 40th Stückemarkt in 2023.