The 10 Selected Productions

Homo Faber

Based on the novel by Max Frisch
Version Stefan Pucher / Robert Lehniger
Schauspielhaus Zürich

World Premiere 5 December 2004, Pfauen
Homo Faber

Homo Faber

© Leonard Zubler

  • 2 h 30 min, one interval

Past Dates

Talk with the audience
Mon 16 May 23:00

Director Stefan Pucher and Dramaturg Robert Lehniger started looking for a contemporary reading of Max Frisch’s novel and ended up with a myth, the core of the Oedipus story. Faber (Robert Hunger-Bühler) ends the play diagnosed with cancer, his hunched body covererd with a live video projection which makes him look like a statue. Barbara Ehnes’ stage is home to four other Faber characters who give vent to their views on women on the set of the old talk show “Frühschoppen”. Denunciation is in the air when the women – Katja Kolm, Julika Jenkins, Olivia Grigolli – deliver words in the first person that Faber has put into their mouths. However, these tactics of Pucher’s transform Faber’s personal downfall into the painful reassessment of his time in history.

“Pucher is grooving. An evening bursting with baroque invention.” (Tagesanzeiger)


Directed by Stefan Pucher
Stage Design Barbara Ehnes
Costume Design Annabelle Witt
Music Jürg Kienberger
Video Daniel Hertli / Marc Stephan
Lighting Design Sascha Haenschke
Dramaturgy Robert Lehniger

Ludwig Boettger
Daniel Friedrich
Olivia Grigolli
Robert Hunger-Bühler
Julika Jenkins
Jürg Kienberger
Katja Kolm
Daniel Lommatzsch
Siggi Schwientek