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Stories of Life and Death

by Brigitte Venator and Karin Beier Based on interviews with people working in end-of-life-care, those wishing to end their lives and their families / Stage Direction: Karin Beier / Guest performance Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg

World premiere Heidelberger Stückemarkt
World premiere Heidelberger Stückemarkt

The question whether human freedom includes the freedom to die is one that is highly topical in the 21st century. Since the German Federal Constitutional Court decided to declare void the existing prohibition of assisted suicide »services« in February 2020, the debate about assisted suicide in Germany is governed by a trade-off between self-determination and protection of life. The court had to consider, whether the state was allowed to restrict the termination of someone’s own life, because it concerns the highest value in our value system – life. Is the state not obligated, on the contrary, to support patients in exercising their free will?

This theatre play provides a platform for many different voices: People wishing to take that path tell their stories. Philosophers, politicians, experts from medical ethics, doctors, legal experts and family members describe the specific challenges they had to face and relate their experiences and their perspectives on the debate about assisted suicide in Germany.

Stage Direction
Karin Beier
Interviews by
Brigitte Venator
Interviews edited by
Julian Pörksen
Amber Vandenhoeck
Wicke Naujoks
Jörg Gollasch
Valentí Rocamora i Torà
Björn Salzer
Beate Heine
Lina Beckmann, Markus John, Carlo Ljubek, Maximilian Scheidt, Julia Wieninger
Philipp Kacza, Dirk Lenschat
Jens Carstens
Felix Konrad
Sebastian John