Elite I.1

3F / 3M

Three impossible couples are at the centre of Elite I.1. They are only ‘couples’ in the loosest sense; actually, they are lone individuals who have ended up getting involved with each other. Angelika, the young, ambitious senior editor, uses her smile as a weapon against Thomas, a long-serving TV-producer who is clinging to his past achievements. Sybille (TV-presenter) and Hendrik (plastic surgeon), use and abuse each other and can no longer stand each other’s presence. A chance for real affection germinates between Isabell, whose career bores her, and Benjamin, the drop-out whose life has been thrown out of kilter – but it is only a delusion. Revealed to the spectator via inner monologues Elite I.1. shows “how strongly we have begun to see ourselves as a one-man/woman enterprise … and when we have had every kind of success only the escalation of success via destruction is left to happen.” (John von Düffel).

The play has been translated into:
French: Elite I.1; Polish: Elita 1.1

John von Düffel

John von Düffel

John von Düffel (born in 1966 in Göttingen), grew up in Londonderry, Ireland and Vermillion, South Dakota, USA. He studied Philosophy, Economics and German studies in Stirling, Scotland and Freiburg, Breisgau where he did his doctoral ...

Plays by John von Düffel






U: 17.5.2002 Thalia Theater Hamburg (R: Mark Zurmühle)