See below all the activities involving Thomas Perle in the frame of Fabulamundi.
Thomas Perle was born in Romania in 1987. In 1991 he emigrated with his family to Germany where he grew up trilingual. From 2008 to 2015 he studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies at Vienna University. While still a student he interned in the Dramaturgy Department at the Vienna Volkstheater and was an Assistant Director at Schauspielhaus Vienna from 2010 to 2012. In 2013 he won the Exile Literature Prize and in 2014 he was Writer in Residence at LOISIUM as part of ORFIII’s young writers’ programme. Since 2015 he has been a member of the theatre writers’ laboratory WIENER WORTSTAETTEN and he won the Starting Scholarship for Literature in 2015. On 2016 he won first prize at the 28th Nürnberger Kulturläden Literary Prize. He has also directed his own productions, most recently at Nuermberg State Theatre. In 2017 his play ‘mutterseele. dieses leben wollt ich nicht’ Received its world premiere at WERK X-Eldorado.
mutterseele. dieses leben wollt ich nicht.
(mother soul. i didn’t want this life)
Rita lives a wasted life. One that she never wanted to be like this.
She met Gerhard, got pregnant and married the father of her child Marie. Married life quickly became hell. Alcohol, introduced as something incidental, increasingly becomes the most important part of Rita’s world, once Gerhard has disappeared from it.
The adult Marie, traumatized by her childhood with an alcoholic mother, tries to live her own life differently. There’s no way she wants to be like that.
She falls in love with Sven, keeping her mother hidden from him, just like the pregnancy which sets something off inside Marie. Something that threatens her happiness.
Alcohol addiction as transgression. A single glass, a single bottle too much. Too much to be able to lead a normal life.
Cast: 3 F, 2 M
Performing rights: Österreichischer Bühnenverlag Kaiser & Co
World premiere: Werk X Eldorado (Vienna)
6. 3. 2017 Director: Lina Hölscher
ein stück ein fleck in den karpaten (AT)
a piece a patch of land in the carpathians (working title)
About the story: between the 18th and 19th centuries German settlers are moved to the Carpathians. They come from Slovakia and from the Salzkammergut in Austria. Poor families with many children. The men work as loggers up in the mountains, returning to the valley once every three weeks. The women take care of the fields and look after the children.
The Magyars already live here. They were also settled here to “magyarize” the region. At the same time there is also a wave of Jewish settlement leading to the opening of the first shops and bars. Romanians and Ukrainians come from other valleys.
Nationalism has not made it this far. Though the borders suddenly change, the monarchy remains in the heads of the people.
Now they are living in a new multi-ethnic state, a Romanian one.
For the people nothing much changes. Even when the second great war breaks out, the Germans from this region do not understand at first why Jews should be “different”, continue shopping in their shops and drinking in their bars. Until one day the borders are moved again and now the Horthy government takes power which orders the Jews to be deported. In the first deportation all Jewish men are taken “to work”. In the second deportation all the women, children and old people are taken away “to reunite their families”.
Later the few survivors of the holocaust return and arm themselves against the Germans, going from house to house searching for the few possessions that were stolen from them. They don’t come back from the camps until after the Germans and don’t know that while they were away the Germans’ houses were plundered too. For the Jews this is no longer home. They leave this place in the Carpathians and establish a new home in Israel. They have all disappeared like the once beautiful synagogue that socialism forces to make way.
Where it once stood there is now an apartment block where Romanians live. More and more of them are settling here. When socialism collapses the village once again begins to bleed dry. The Germans leave to look for a new home in Germany. Only this Germany has nothing to do with their German-ness, which they have to affirm when they are made citizens.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the collapse of Austria-Hungary. The state was a very peculiar construct, which can be compared to the present European Union in which this spot in the Carpathians now finds itself. Why could the different peoples in this place live together in peace – and how did they do it? How did they communicate with each other in different languages, and how could one language find its way into another?
Here a range of characters are heard, a range of languages that can be woven together. A look back at history, a memory from which we can learn for a European future.
This play is about the everyday nature of co-existence, the confusion of languages, the confusion of cultures on unpaved streets. A mosaic of everyday and mystical stories of a place in the middle of the Carpathians.
Free rights for world premiere