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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.
“Individually, Phillips and Shiels are precise and cerebral with what they bring, and as a couple, their chemistry is unusually powerful. Whether subtle or intense, their energy is able to fill the stage, and in every shade of light and dark that they manufacture, we discover something special in their ephemeral theatricality.”
Suzie Wrong, SuzygoesSee
“They Divided the Sky has been made with exceptional care and the performances – tenderly drawn and perfectly scaled to this intimate space – are delightful.”
Jason Blake, Audrey Journal
Stephen Phillips and Nikki Shiels
From the novel by
Adapted for the stage and Directed by
froudist (for Daniel Schlusser Ensemble) at Belvoir’s 25A Season of Independent Theatre
June 15, 2018