The 10 Selected Productions

Warum läuft Herr R. Amok? (Why Does Mr R. Run Amok?)

Based on the film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Michael Fengler
Münchner Kammerspiele

Premiere 27 November 2014
Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?

Warum läuft Herr R. Amok?. Çiğdem Teke, Edmund Telgenkämper

© JU Ostkreuz

  • Duration 2h 10, no interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Public discussion on 4 May, following the performance

Susanne Kennedy’s production resembles a sadistic human experiment – just as sadistic towards its characters as the petit bourgeois conditions which they function, rather than live in. The director uses the alienation tools she developed a year ago for her production of “Fegefeuer in Ingolstadt” and radicalizes them further. Once again, the actors move in sync to recorded voices from offstage – but this time the voices are not their own, but those of various amateurs. As an added refraction, the actors playing the individual characters change. This becomes evident only gradually, since their faces are spackled with a congealed silicone mask and their movements are frozen and mechanic. Kennedy’s experimental laboratory soon puts paid to the notion that we are all unique individuals. This is a high level of artificiality, appropriate to the story of polite employees whose lives seemingly dissolve in adherence to roles. Mr R.’s rampage appears like a first stirring of life. Kennedy’s radical formal experiment is so logical and compelling that the spectator finds it hard to flinch from it.

Directed by Susanne Kennedy
Stage design Lena Newton
Costume design Lotte Goos
Sound design Richard Janssen
Lighting design Jürgen Kolb
Video Lena Newton, Ikenna Okegwo
Sound Katharina Widmaier-Zorn, Viola Drewanz
Dramaturgy Koen Tachelet

Willy Brummer
Kristin Elsen
Walter Hess
Renate Lewin
Christian Löber
Sybille Sailer
Anna Maria Sturm
Çiğdem Teke
Edmund Telgenkämper
Ingmar Thilo
Herbert Volz
Erika Waltemath