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by Anna Gmeyner

Automatenbüfett. Videotrailer © Burgtheater

6:00:00 PM
3sat-recording from Burgtheater at Akademietheater (Vienna)
2 h
In German with German and English subtitles
German audio description

About This Production

The provincialist Adam saves the beautiful stranger Eva from suicide by drowning and takes her along to the “Automatenbüfett”, the restaurant owned by his feisty wife. Eva’s arrival is an attraction to this largely male community and the shrewd Adam knows how to use it to further his plans. Anna Gmeyner’s characters are struggling desperately for civility but cannot help gradually revealing their own depravity. Martin Zehetgruber has designed the eponymous automat, which provides a looming backdrop to sometimes cringeworthily funny and sometimes heartrendingly sad encounters between the outstanding cast. Once again, director Barbara Frey has proved her talent for precise yet casual suspense – and an intelligent, contemporary look at gender-dependencies.

Artistic Team

Barbara Frey Director
Martin Zehetgruber Set design
Stephanie Wagner Set design collaboration
Esther Geremus Costume design
Tommy Hojsa, Barbara Frey
Friedrich Rom Lighting design
Andreas Karlaganis Dramaturgy

Michael Maertens Adam
Maria Happel Mrs Adam
Katharina Lorenz Eva
Christoph Luser Pankraz / Willibald Boxer
Dörte Lyssewski Puttgam
Annamária Láng Cäcilie / Editor Arendt
Robert Reinagl School Councillor Wittibtöter
Hans Dieter Knebel Pharmacist Hüslein
Daniel Jesch Head Forester Wutlitz
The Women of the Members of the A.F.V.
Daniel Jesch, Hans Dieter Knebel, Annamária Láng, Robert Reinagl
Tommy Hojsa Piano

Premiere October 30, 2020

Burgtheater im Akademietheater (Wien)

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