Zachary Oberzan

Zachary Oberzan, New York
“Tell Me Love Is Real”
German premiere

Zachary Oberzan: Tell Me Love Is Real

Zachary Oberzan: Tell Me Love Is Real

© Manu Bloemen

  • Length 90 min
  • In English

Past Dates

Artist Talk
10 July 2014 following the performance

This story begins with a real-life coincidence, or so it seems. This coincidence strangely connects actor Zachary Oberzan with Whitney Houston. At approximately the same time, Houston and Oberzan sat in anonymous hotel rooms on the West Coast and overdosed on the drug Xanax. Tragically Houston died. Oberzan lived. Now, Oberzan is telling his story in an extraordinary tour de force between individual tragedy and public comedy, in musical theatre style. It’s a classic one-man show, a format in which he has long established himself as a considerable virtuoso, after his time with theatre collective Nature Theatre of Oklahoma (Focus artists of Foreign Affairs in 2013), and his solo projects. Entertaining and profound, the show makes use of a number of pop icons including Serge Gainsbourg, Buddy Holly, Bruce Lee, and Amelia Earhart. At the end, there is no schmaltzy reconciliation, only a never ending quest; and a promise that “I will always love you.”

Conceived, directed, video, performed by Zachary Oberzan
Dramaturgical advisor, producer, manager Nicole Schuchardt
Lights, sound, video technician David Lang
Stage consultant Eike Böttcher
Costume assistant Eric Gorsuch

Co-production: deSingel Antwerpen / Gessnerallee Zurich / Kunstencentrum BUDA Kortrijk / NEXT Arts Festival / Black Box Teater Oslo / BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen / Teaterhuset Avant Garden Trondheim / brut Vienna