Performances begin February 4 for the American premiere of Schaubühne Berlin’s Returning to Reims, a multi-medium adaptation of French author Didier Eribon’s 2014 memoir of the same name conceived by Thomas Ostermeier. Through film and performance, the show brings to life Eribon’s personal story of identity, estrangement, and homecoming within the turbulent French political landscape.
In Ostermeier’s adaptation, Homeland star Nina Hoss play an actor in a sound studio recording a voiceover for a documentary about Eribon’s return home to his working-class family after his father’s death. While the documentary plays across a giant screen, Hoss and the director of the film (played by Bush Moukarzel) struggle over how to best capture Eribon’s story.
Returning to Reims is playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn through February 25.
The production features set and costumes by Nina Wetzel, with associate set designer Doreen Back, music by Nils Ostendorf, sound design by Jochen Jezussek, dramaturgy by Florian Borchmeyer and Maja Zade, and lighting design by Erich Schneider.
The documentary film is directed by Sébastien Dupouey and Thomas Ostermeier, with Dupouey, Marcus Lenz, and Marie Sanchez on camera, editing by Dupouey, sound by Peter Carstens and Robert Nabholz, music by Nils Ostendorf, sound design by Jochen Jezussek, and documentation by Laure Comte and BAGAGE (Sonja Heitman, Uschi Feldges). Jake Witlen and Sabrina Brückner served as live system engineers, and Stefan Nagel and Annette Poehlmann were the production managers.
Watch the trailer for the production below: