Based on the novel by Max Frisch, in a version by Deborah Epstein
He is in prison in Zurich. He was arrested when he entered the country. His American passport is in the name of James Larkin White. But the authorities identify him as the sculptor Anatol Ludwig Stiller, who is wanted by the police. Acquaintances also think they recognize the prisoner as their friend Stiller. But he responds to them like a stranger, claiming, "I'm not Stiller." What's more, White doesn't even know Stiller. Nor is he a sculptor, he says, but a globetrotter. So White tells his prison guard Knobel adventurous stories from Mexico. Then Stiller's wife Julika arrives from Paris. She also thinks she recognizes White as her husband Stiller. White may not recognize her either and continues to insist that he is not Stiller, but as time goes by he feels more and more attracted to Julika...
Max Frisch achieved his literary breakthrough with the novel "Stiller" in 1954. In it, the Swiss writer ingeniously questions the continuity of identity. Director Deborah Epstein will now adapt this masterpiece for the stage, following productions such as Kleist's novella "The Marquise of O..." and Bichsel's novel "The Seasons".
Recommended age: 14 years and up
With the kind support of
Elisabeth Bachtler Foundation
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