Glaube und Heimat

As long as I clean my inside, no rider will break me and bend me!
Rott

 

A rift runs through the nation: at the emperor's behest, all Protestants must leave the empire - unless they renounce the Lutheran "misbelief. For Christoph Rott and his family, a struggle of the soul between rationality and conviction begins: Allegedly Catholic, it was the violent death of his Protestant neighbour that prompted Rott to confess Protestantism. Taking on the consequences, the family prepares to leave their homeland. But the orders of the emperor are strict and so Rott again finds himself faced with an impossible decision...

Schönherr's play, premiered in 1910, was inspired by the expulsion of the Zillertal Protestants in 1837. By shifting the plot to the time of the Counter-Reformation, Schönherr uses the conflict of faith as an example of how "different" and "wrong" become synonyms when a conviction becomes a delusion.

"Faith" and "homeland" are two concepts that determine life and by nature do not form opposites. Only a certain constellation makes them into them. That is, in order to regard both concepts as opposites, Schönherr locates the play in a very specific time and situation: in a time in which people have to give up their homeland for the sake of faith, or vice versa.
Claus Gillmann

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Theater in der Josefstadt

The Theater in der Josefstadt is a theater in Vienna in the eighth district of Josefstadt. It was founded in 1788 and is the oldest still performing theater in Vienna. It is often referred to colloquially as simply Die Josefstadt.


Following remodeling and rebuilding in 1822 — celebrated by the performance of the overture Die Weihe des Hauses ('Consecration of the House') by Beethoven — opera was staged there including Meyerbeer and Wagner. From 1858 onwards the theatre gave up opera and instead concentrated on straight theatre and comedy.

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