based on the novel by Heinrich von Kleist
ca. 80 min
with live music
Puppet Theatre | Theatrical Performance
Coproductions: Theaters Duisburg, the Metropol Ensembles and the bremer shakespeare company
Direction, stage adaptation, performer, puppeteer, stage concept, set building: Sebastian Kautz | Composition, sound design, music: Gero John | Puppet construction, costume design, tailoring, stage building and painting: Melanie Kuhl
Kleist’s novel about a man in a corrupt legal system who takes the law into his own hands poses questions about the thin red line between justice and excessive morality. Martin Luther plays a central role as he becomes the intermediate between the state and Kohlhaas. In the wake of the Lutherjahr 2017, Kleist’s novel is not only thematically but – in view of despotic tendencies in various Western countries – also politically more relevant than ever.