The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein


Performance dates:
27./28./29. October, 2./3./4./5. November 2016 Theater Winkelwiese Zürich
1./3./4. December 2016, 20h Theaterdiscounter Berlin
14./16./17. December 2016, 20.30h Tojo Theater Reitschule Bern
10./11./13./14./15. January 2017, 20h Kaserne Basel
8./10./11. March 2017, 20h Kleintheater Luzern
16. /18./19. March 2017, 20h PATHOS München


People without any prospects fleeing in masses on huge boats. They helped to develop a new world on the other side of the Atlantic. A world which became the biggest economical competitor of the former colonial powers. Gertrude Stein’s monumental family saga is a modernist epic. She uses experimental poetics to question not only the well-being of the Western world in general but also to create a historiography for everyone who would otherwise be excluded. Schwald’s stage adaption swings between dramatisation and performativity, whilst bringing, in particular, Stein’s situational humour to the fore.

Besetzung / Produktion

With: Susanne Abelein, Julia Schmidt und Ariane Andereggen (Berlin: Sylvia Schwarz, Luzern: Sigi W. Arnold)
Text Prolog: Ariane Andereggen 
Dramaturgy: Alan Twitchell 
Set design: Elisabeth Fritsch 
Costume design: Anna Sophia Röpcke 
Sound design: Matthias Meppelink 
Technics, light design: Thomas Kohler 
Production:: Franziska Schmidt 
Prompting: Selina Wälti
Photos, graphics: Lukas Acton

A production by Paraform in cooperation with Theater Winkelwiese Zürich, Kaserne Basel und Kleintheater Luzern

Hosts Tojo Theater Reitschule Bern, Theaterdiscounter Berlin, PATHOS München 

Kindly supported by Fachausschuss Theater & Tanz BS/BL, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich, Kultur Stadt Bern, Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung, MIGROS-KULTURPROZENTGGG Basel, Stiftung Edith Maryon, Schweizerische Interpretenstiftung