“The Legacy”: Play for the gay community NDR.de – Culture

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The award-winning play “The Legacy” of American Matthew Lopez spans the arc from the days of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s to the election of Donald Trump in 2016. It premiered at Schauspiel Hannover.

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by Agnes Bührig

What is a gay community, what goals does it pursue, what does it want to achieve, how do its members protect each other? This is about the five-hour stage show Hanover Theater.

Research biographies and share experiences

Four young men dressed in black stand next to each other, looking at romantic photos of a gay couple. On the left, in a semicircle, an amphitheater with a golden staircase. Instead of interiors that are truly furnished with the original, there is a projection surface that offers space for individual views and experiences. “A group of young authors try to tell their story, to tell about their lives, to record their biographies and experiences so that they can follow them. […]to put them in relation to each other, to different generations, “says director Ronny Jakubaschk. seek or research together. “

Men looking for a place to belong to a community

They are men who seek happiness in life, security in the group, belonging to a community. Henry was born in the 1960s and saw his friends die of AIDS. Erik is in his early 30s and wants to live and love to the fullest. But will America’s gay people soon lose their rights to fight back in 2016 as a result of Donald Trump’s election? Are the experiences of older generations useful in defending what has been achieved?

Fabian Dott embodies the young Eric: “There is a good sentence from Eric. He says we should look for a connection, even if it does not exist at first glance. And I think it is true. I think every human being has something inside that “It must be understood. Otherwise, living together does not work.”

“I miss the feeling I had when being gay was kind of part of a secret club.”
Quote from the show

“Heritage”: The panopticon of queer worlds over several decades

Under Donald Trump, privacy becomes political again. The protagonists, who had just been able to enjoy their personal happiness and freedom, must once again take a political stance. American author Matthew Lopez, born in 1977, sheds light on this fact by combining the attitude towards the lives of his characters of different generations and the events of different decades. A panorama of queer worlds that can also be found in Europe.

Analogy with printing in Eastern European countries

“We did not consciously update the show or bring it to the present. The election of Trump and everything he represents and what he means to the queer community can be transferred to Europe,” says director Jakubaschk. “In some Eastern European countries, we pushed back a policy that restricts the rights of queers or gays and did not embark on the path to liberalization there, so to speak. And all of this can be read as an analogy.”

In the American original, “Heritage” is shown in two parts. Ronny Jakubaschk, who last directed Shakespeare’s comedy “What You Want” for the Hoftheater in Hanover, set it up for an evening. More than five hours, two longer breaks with food time. For actor Fabian Dott, length is a blessing: “It’s very dense, but you have different directions you can go. Losing yourself as a character and then correcting it again, that does not exist in other shows.”

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“The Legacy”: Play for the gay community

The show celebrates its premiere in Hanover and spans the arc from the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s to the election of Donald Trump in 2016.


Hanover Theater
Prinzenstrasse 9
30159 Hanover

(0511) 9999 1111
22 to 45 euros (reduced from 6 euros)

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