ESTHER. A STORY FROM BRUDERHOLZ
In a version by Katrin Hammerl
At the age of 21, Basel writer Lore Berger threw herself to her death off the water tower on the Bruderholz. She left behind her first and only novel «Der barmherzige Hügel» (in English: «The Merciful Hill»), which was published posthumously in 1944. It provides disturbing and at the same time moving testimony to a young woman who bravely analyses society and student life in Basel between 1938 and 1943. The author skilfully uses the novel’s character Esther to conceal the parallels with her own life while also raising questions about autobiographical writing and authorship. The result is an uncompromising story about Esther, who is shattered by the conventions of her time and ends up literally starving to death.
Director Katrin Hammerl now gives the novel its world premiere in her own stage adaptation and in collaboration with actor Leonie Merlin Young and video artist Tabea Rothfuchs.