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Staged Reading

Coop (German: Zaun)

by Sam Max, German translation by Robin Detje

Sam Max is looking into the camera.

Sam Max © Anton Novoselov

4:30:00 PM
Live stream from Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Berlin)
1 h
In German with English subtitles
Audio descriptive introduction

About This Text

In “Coop”, Sam Max creates the story of a girl who lives on a farm, trapped in ritualised acts and isolated from the outside world. The absorption by her parents, the strict rhythm of everyday life and the extreme constriction and loneliness result in a murderous pact that frees the protagonist from her prison. “Coop” asks questions about the viability of coexistence, about a decline in values and the price of emancipation in an America where isolation has long since become a reality, even before the pandemic.

This scenic reading is preceded by an audio-descriptive introduction, which is integrated in the stream of the event. Simply start the video player to hear the introduction. The scenic reading will follow immediately afterwards.

Artistic Team

Charlotte Sprenger Scenic arrangement
Kundry Reif Dramaturgy
Anne Laure Jullian de la Fuente Design
Philipp Plessmann Music


Johannes Benecke, Oska Melina Borcherding, Philipp Plessmann, Kara Schröder, Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger, Sabine Waibel

Sam Max in a short film portrait by Juliette Hüsler

Sam Max in Conversation with Simon Stephens

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