The Marquis de Sade is as famous as he is infamous. His books - such as Die Philosophie im Boudoir from 1795 - were at times even on the index. Now the time is ripe for this work on the theater stage, for no one less than cult director Herbert Fritsch (Murmel Murmel) takes care of him! A small group of noble Libertins, men and women from the best social circles, introduce a young woman to sexuality. The free will goes to them above all else. The Marquis de Sade combines sensual pleasures with social criticism in a piquant way. Herbert Fritsch's play with theatre and fantasy is guaranteed to be full of relish.

Why this story?

Herbert Fritsch: As a young person, the literature by Marquis de Sade deeply disturbed me. Not negatively. It was an irritation that mobilized my thoughts and feelings. Today I know: you have to get challanged by extreme thoughts in order to train your own thinking. You have to take thoughts out of the poison chest and face them. It‘s not about provocation at all. It‘s about the unexpected in oneself. You must never forget playing in theatre. And de Sade plays with the possibilities of human existence.

Is de Sade up to date?

Herbert Fritsch: Very. He shows how thin the ceiling of civilization is. He didn‘t experience what he wrote, he fantasized about it. But today we believe in reality so much that we think that we can find out the truth – for example in politics – by means of documentary. But every camera hast o stop at some point in front of a locked door. De Sade, however, has overcome documentary. He‘s opened rooms no one else can get into. That‘s why they locked him up, because they were afraid of the power of imagination.

You‘ve wanted to stage this story for a long time, but you haven‘t dared to. Why now?

Herbert Fritsch: I want to do special things in Bochum. In a play directed by Frank Castorf, when Leander Haußmann was artistic director, I once played here myself, even the Marquis de Sade. Now I have become a director and stage designer and I‘m coming back, and that feels very good.

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Sat, 22.12.
19:30
premiere
Sun, 23.12.
17:00
Thur, 27.12.
19:00
+ 18:15 Introduction
Mon, 31.12.
16:00
New Year's Eve performance
Mon, 31.12.
20:00
New Year's Eve performance
incl. ticket for New Year's Eve Party
Fri, 04.01.
19:30
+ 18:45 Introduction
Sat, 05.01.
19:30
Sat, 12.01.
19:30
+ afterwards audience discussion mit Herbert Fritsch
Fri, 25.01.
19:30
+ 18:45 Introduction
Sat, 26.01.
20:00
Sat, 02.02.
19:30
Sat, 09.02.
19:30
Sat, 16.02.
19:30
+ 18:45 Introduction
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