YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR SKIN, LIKE IN THE FAIRYTALES…
Curious and passionate Rita is falling in love with hilariously pedantic Manfred. Together, they are fearless. East Germany is in generational turmoil: post-war trauma in conflict with youthful optimism.
Utopias seem possible. Marxism! Socialism! Revolution! But the Cold War is underway and when Manfred’s professional ambitions are thwarted, he looks to the West. The Soviets put a man into space and a Wall is about the split the city. Will their love go the way of their beloved country, or will Rita’s idealism, and seemingly boundless capacity for sacrifice triumph?
Christa Wolf was one of the most beloved German authors of her generation. Her first full-length novel They Divided the Sky was hailed at the time for its artistic achievement and excoriated for its “decadent” politics. This timely adaptation by Daniel Schlusser has been written for two of our finest performers, Nikki Shiels and Stephen Phillips.
“We [the audience] are Rita and Manfred, and we could split into two very different paths. We can cling to the relief and simplicity of the capitalist machine, we can seek out a status quo that gives us welath and reward. Or we can try to stand for dificult, often intangible new ways of being, where assets are shared instead of hoarded, injustices fought instead of ignored.
We have a choice. Rita and Manfred had a wall.
What will we do while we are still free to do it?” Cassie Tongue, Witness (Full Review)
THEY DIVIDED THE SKY
From the novel by: Christa Wolf
Adapted for the stage and Directed by: Daniel Schlusser
Performers: Stephen Phillips and Nikki Shiels
Set Designer: Robert Cousins
Lighting Designer: Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Designer: James Paul
Costume Designer: Mel Page
Producer: froudist (for Daniel Schlusser Ensemble) at Belvoir’s 25A
Tour Party: 4
Show Duration: 75 mins, no interval
Recommended Audience: 15 years and up