The Broken Jug

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January 1970

Who broke the jug? The accused is Rupprecht, Eve's fiancé, whom Frau Marthe found at the scene of the crime on the night of the incident. The village judge, Adam, is supposed to dispense justice. Apart from Eve, no one knows that it was the judge himself who was walking very unseemly on the feet of a libertine late at night. Kleist's brilliant comedy, which could hardly be more topical, shows how Adam squirms, talks his head off, tries to turn the trial in his favour with feints and finesse and manages to intimidate Eve until her lover is almost convicted.

Heinrich von Kleist was at the beginning of Sturminger's artistic directorship in 2014. Now we are turning again to this fascinating linguistic artist, who revolutionised German poetry like hardly anyone else and continues to defy pigeonholing to this day. Kleist has left us a highly topical piece about a corrupt judiciary, about abuse of power, about right and wrong in this early treatise of the Me Too debate. And as is to be expected with Kleist, the comedy pushes hard at the boundaries of its genre. Entertaining and full of witty punchlines, this work is. It also raises burning questions, so that in addition to laughter, there is also room for critical reflection on jurisdiction, manipulation and the arbitrariness of the judiciary - topics that affect us all as citizens and should be addressed and critically questioned today more than ever.

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Perchtoldsdorf Castle

The medieval castle of Perchtoldsdorf with its spacious courtyard is the perfect backdrop for a beautiful evening at the theatre. In its more than 40-year-old tradition, the Perchtoldsdorf Summer Games have not only shaped the cultural identity of Perchtoldsdorf, they have also become a piece of theatre history of the province of Lower Austria. The new large castle hall guarantees a continuous performance since 2010.

The combination of open-air and new hall makes the Summer Games Perchtoldsdorf a very special venue: rainproof, elegant, best infrastructure and service, sufficient parking spaces. And all this directly in front of the gates of Vienna, also easily accessible for the public.

Perchtoldsdorf Castle is something very special and therefore the castle also plays an important role in the programme of the Perchtoldsdorf Summer Games: The castle as a genius loci, be it the Castle of Elsinore in "Hamlet", the Acropolis in "Lysistrate", the Castle Fores of Macbeth or in 2013, in the "Revisor", the palace of the City Captain Anton Antonowitsch.

In 2014 the castle had to pass the acid test in "Käthchen von Heilbronn", in 2015 Prospero's boat ran aground in a "storm" when crossing the former moat, in 2016 the forest of the Midsummer Night's Dream was conjured up from nowhere in front of the public and in 2017 the noblewoman Minna von Barnhelm will be accommodated in the old walls.

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