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The Bug - Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin

"As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect-like creature..."

Franz Kafka's classical piece of literature “Metamorphosis” at the popular social hotspot theater Heimathafen Neukölln – can it be a good match?
Yes – because the plot of the famous narration is Heimathafen at its best. When one fine morning Gregor Samsa wakes up in his bed no longer as a salesman but as a bug, the Samsa family of course finds itself in a major trouble, and father Hermann is simply not amused: with six legs and two tentacles Gregor is no longer able to earn the money for his family as he had been doing for the last five years. He has no other option than staying in bed, or, more precisely – staying under the bed. This is how the father, the mother and also the “musically gifted” sister are suddenly forced to face the necessity to self-sufficiently earn their own living. Hence a whole package of entertainment – for if we imagine Kafka's text without the cliche association of 1920s Prague rain, we discover an incredibly biting humor, lots of slapstick elements and a thrilling family dynamics that gives you chills.

The theatre Heimathafen took the challenge of dedicating itself to the topical issues of Neukölln, a vicinity of Berlin city. In its new production "The Bug" (Metamorphosis) the theatre takes the side of all those, who are not able, not willing, or simply not allowed to join the workaday's struggle for efficiency. Nothing is disapproved of more in talkshows or in bar-rooms all over Germany then people, who are considered to live a happy life at the expense of the taxpayers by receiving social care money – but why? "The Bug" at Heimathafen Neukölln – is a show about parasites, host animals and the biotope, in which they are flourishing. The sharpness adequate to the topic is handled with the empathy and insight characterizing the theater in the social hotspot of Berlin - Neukölln.

starring: Alexander Ebeert, Bärbel Bolle, Sascha Ö. Soydan und Frank Büttner

stage design and costumes: José Luna
music: Felix Raffel
dramaturgy: Julia von Schacky