Ich bin wie ihr, ich liebe Äpfel

I am like you, I love apples
3F / 1M

Three wives of dictators have gathered for a press conference on the occasion of the planned film version of their lives. An interpreter does his best to mediate – and, unwillingly, promotes a contest of monstrosity where even the slightest misunderstanding may result in fatal political controversy. And all the while the three ladies are retired. The husbands of Mrs. Margot and Mrs. Imelda are unpeacefully deceased, Mrs. Leila’s husband is being tried “before some grotesque Dutch court, for crimes against humanity”. They chat about parties at Stalin’s house, Mao kissing hands, and presents they received from Castro as if they were talking about some friendly neighbours. Even assassinations and revolutions are described casually, as if they were necessary evils. Although the course of time speaks a different language, the three refuse to adjust their clocks, and they decide unanimously that their life stories are just too magnificent to fit the format of a banal film; no other format than an opera could be the adequate medium.
“Theresia Walser has provided vivid characterizations of three infamous women as well as a provocative discussion of both the ideological underpinnings and banal everyday considerations of running a dictatorship. If I Love Apples refuses to paint its protagonists as arch villainesses, it doesn’t exonerate them either.” (The New York Times)

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Theresia Walser

Theresia Walser

Theresia Walser (born in 1967 in Friedrichshafen) was an actress and had her debut as a dramatist in 1997. Her play King Kongs Töchter (1998) was a considerable success and has had more than twenty productions. Theresia Walser was voted Best ...

Plays by Theresia Walser

U: 12.01.2013 Nationaltheater Mannheim (Regie: Burkhard C. Kosminski)