the maxims of peter pockets
Thursday, November 17 | 19:00 | Schauspielhaus (Studio)
Language: English | Running time: approx. 50 minutes | German premiere
An adaption of IVAN VIRIPAEV´S “Sentensii Panteleya Karmanova” (The Maxims of Panteley Karmanov)
Performed by STEPHEN OCHSNER
A twenty-year-old boy from Montana has a dream foretelling his death. This experience leaves him convicted that he only has eleven years left to live. As he travels across America to New York, collecting difficult questions about his existence, he explores the nature of life, love, death, and violence. He becomes a man through understanding that everything consists of love.
Stephen Ochsner, actor, musician and singer, alumnus of the Oklahoma City University and the Moscow Art Theatre School delivers a new adaptation of Ivan Viripaev’s early text in fast-paced, rhythmic tour-de-force.
After performing the piece in Moscow for two years, Ochsner agreed with Viripaev that in order to translate the text, he would need to adapt Panteley’s name to Peter and his adventure from Russia to an analogous American reality. Ochsner has done so, while preserving shadows of the original Russian text. When considering the political and territorial conflicts at the present moment, particularly between Russian and Western cultures, it seems that a play about love and the purpose of existence which was originally staged in Russian and subsequently adapted to the American reality might serve as an ambassador for valuable dialogue between these cultures today.
Directed by Zara Antonyan
Music by Benjamin Pratt, Stephen Ochsner, Zara Antonyan
Lighting design by Maxim Biryukov
Supported by the U.S. Consulate General Hamburg.
In cooperation with Theater Krefeld – Mönchengladbach.
USA / Armenien USA / Armenia