Büchner’s «Lenz» is one of the most important novella fragmentsin German literature:

«…Gray clouds drifted across the sky, but everything so stifling, and then the fog floated up and crept heavy and damp through the bushes, so sluggish, so clumsy. He walked onward, caring little one way or another, to him the path mattered not, now up , now down. He felt no fatigue, except sometimes it annoyed him that he could not walk on his head. At first he felt a tightening in his chest when the rocks skittered away, the gray woods below him shook, and the fog now engulfed the shapes, now half-revealed their powerful limbs; things were building up inside him, he was searching for something, as if for lost dreams, but was finding nothing...»

Director and actor Nils Torpus, former director of «Theater Marie», and actress Mona Petri get to the bottom of Büchner’s text. In their stage adaptation the focus is on the language. Mona Petri and Nils Torpus narrate the delimitation of the protagonist Lenz in both his permanent, and also his unstableextreme state, where a man’s surface disappears in a limitless depth.

Director Nils Torpus
Play Mona Petri
Light Roger Stieger
Production Management Ramun Bernetta

Torpus/Petri und Bernetta Theaterproduktionen

Theater Winkelwiese Zürich - Teil des internationalen Büchner Zyklus in Zusammenarbeit mit der Schaubühne Lindenfels Leipzig und dem Theaterkollektiv Dinoponera/Howl Factory


Premiere 17. Februar 2018 Theater Winkelwiese Zürich

With the Support of Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur, Lotteriefonds Kanton Solothurn, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Jürg George Bürki-Stiftung, Georges und Jenny Bloch Stiftung, Migros-Kulturprozent, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung (SIS)