The Bitter End – a stand-up tragedy


© Florian Krauss

Premiere October 18, 2018
October 20 | 21, 2018
February 26 | 27 | 29, 2020

February 28, 2020, 8.00 pm: Ballhaus Bingo


bigNOTWENDIGKEIT goes »stand-up«.
 The stage of the Ballhaus Ost appears in a blue-red light. 
Little seating niches, table lighting, clinking ice cubes in drinks, peanuts, a show band, a drumroll, a spotlight, a microphone: Hello Berlin! Hello New York! How are you tonight?
The Bitter End is a stand-up act on a theater stage. Source material is a theatre text by Esther Becker. Full of humor, yet distant it tells the story of a slowly progressing downfall. The story takes place in New York, where the heroine gradually slips out of this world. In the beginning, it’s everyday banalities that overwhelm her: dashed hopes, blocked creativity, mental overload. But eventually, the problems grow: a blocked credit card, imminent homelessness, complete loss of control over her own life…

Esther Becker performs her own text as a stand-up routine, with rehearsed as well as spontaneous elements. Sebastian Janata and Laura Landergott, members of the band Ja, Panik and Doreen Kutzke accompany, intervene and support the evening as a three-member band.

It is not the first time the performance collective bigNOTWENDIGKEIT, founded in Giessen/Germany, is intrigued with monologues and solo-formats in general. For they once more investigate the brave and personal balancing act of humor and tragedy in a solo effort.
 Nothing is funny. Everything is funny – whatever you like. You may laugh. You may cry. Or do both. This can’t go well. It will be just fine.

Performance in German.

Concept, direction Anna K. Becker Text, performance Esther Becker Dramaturgy Katharina Bischoff Musical direction, music, performance Sebastian Janata Music, performance Doreen Kutzke, Laura Landergott Light design Susana Alonso Sound David Ackermann Artistic collaboration Christopher-Felix Hahn Graphic design Sarah Parsons Communication Nora Linnemann Production management ehrliche arbeit – freies kulturbüro

A bigNOTWENDIGKEIT production in cooperation with Ballhaus Ost. Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

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