After the successful novel adaptations of Fyodor M. Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov (Friedrich Luft Prize for the best Berlin performance in 2014) and David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (Berlin Theatertreffen 2019), Thorsten Lensing has, for the first time, written his own play for the theater. More precisely, for his longtime companions, the actors Sebastian Blomberg, André Jung, Ursina Lardi and Devid Striesow.
The children Charlotte and Felix emerge from the sea and play as their dead parents on the beach. It's a ritual the two have been practicing for years. In memory of their parents' wild exuberance, they put sunscreen on their backs and tickle each other until they can hardly breathe. For brief moments,all sadness falls away from them. Again and again, however, the different needs of the two ten- and eleven-year-old siblings break into the game.
While the unbridled imagination of the children determines the first part of the production, the second part focuses on adult life. The siblings go their separate ways. Charlotte, as an octopus, meets a diver with a death-wish, who believes he can communicate with animals. Felix, on the other hand, tries not to get lonely, despite the physical numbness that has haunted him since the death of his parents.
The audience accompanies the characters over several decades, from childhood to old age, so that in the end they share common memories with them. In this evening of theater, the most intense reading experiences and the most intimate wishful thinking are brought to life. We encounter hungry babies in huge parking lots, injured pole vaulters, talking octopuses, divers with a death-wish, people who can't feel their own bodies, cows on slaughter day, nursing robots, and dying people waiting to pass in a nursing home. They are all driven by the fear of having lost their way and the great longing for the feeling of being properly alive.