EDWARD II. DIE LIEBE BIN ICH (EDWARD II. I AM LOVE)
A co-production between Theater Basel, the Wiener Festwochen and Schauspielhaus Vienna
In Christopher Marlowe’s play, published posthumously in 1594, the publicly flaunted, dissolute lifestyle of Edward II, King of England, leads to a bloody struggle for political influence, order and sovereignty. Gradually, Edward’s sexual covetousness incites all those who hold the levers of power – nobles, churchmen, the queen, favourites or regicides – to try their hand at this game. The historical drama by Shakespeare’s contemporary Marlowe, who died a violent death in unexplained circumstances at the age of only 29, asks disturbing questions about the relationship between uncompromising desire and the power of an authoritarian state. Because man is a wolf to his fellow man, and a bedfellow too. He presses into him, in bed and by the hangman’s hand on the scaffold.
In this new poetic version by the Austrian dramatist Ewald Palmetshofer, Marlowe’s theatrical language – one of the true innovations of the Elizabethan stage – encounters Palmetshofer’s own musical and radically structured linguistic cosmos. Nora Schlocker, resident director at Theater Basel, directs this study of the fall of a blind lover and the mechanisms of power. Ewald Palmetshofer is one of the most successful younger dramatists writing in the German language: from the 2015/16 season he will be a dramaturg at Theater Basel.
Preisstufe IV Schauspielhaus (von 30.– bis 60.–)