Lineke Rijxman & Willem de Wolf

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Lineke Rijxman

Lineke Rijxman (1957) is a Dutch theatre director, actress and playwright. Educated at Theatre School Amsterdam, she became a permanent member of the ensemble of Toneelgroep Amsterdam (now ITA), where she stayed on for thirteen years.
She also performed in several films and tv-series as well as directing many plays for Mugmetdegoudentand (‘Mug’), among which were Kunsthart, Gidsland and Mug-Inn. She created the play Wat is het nu and, together with Willem de Wolf, Hannah and Martin.
In 2006 she was awarded the Colombina (award for best supporting actress) for portraying the daughter in Quality Time; and in 2009 the Theo d’Or (best leading actress) for her performance in Hannah and Martin, both staged by Mug.
Since 2009, Rijxman has been a valued member of the Mug’s artistic team.


Willem de Wolf

Willem de Wolf (1961) is a Dutch actor and playwright, graduated from Theatre School Amsterdam in 1985. In the same year, together with Ton Kas he started theatre duo Kas & de Wolf, which duo created and performed some fifteen plays. In 2002 they were awarded the annual VSCD Mime award for their performance Ons soort mensen.
After the duo’s government funding was withdrawn in 2004, De Wolf worked as a playwright creating, among others, Bazel (for theatre company Dood Paard) and together with Lineke Rijxman and Joan Nederlof Hannah and Martin (for Mugmetdegoudentand). In 2012 his monologue Krenz was nominated both for the ‘Taalunie Toneelschrijfprijs’, an national award for playwrights; and for the Dutch Theatre Festival (crowning it as one of the best performances of the year).
In so-called ‘poly-coproductions’ with Belgian company tg STAN and Dutch companies Dood Paard and Maatschappij Discordia, De Wolf created the performances Onomatopee, We hebben het boek wel/niet gelezen en Beroemden. From 2004 to 2009 he studied German language and culture at Amsterdam University. Since 2010 he is a permanent member of the artistic team of (Belgian) theatre company De KOE.


The play Hannah and Martin is based on the secret love affair between the Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt and her teacher, philosopher Martin Heidegger, who was briefly an active National Socialist. The relationship between Arendt and Heidegger has often been labelled as immoral. They didn’t want to discuss it. But we do. Because the separation of private and public life they both prized so much simply doesn’t cut it in our times. We want to know how these two famous Germans managed to beat out a path for themselves in the dramatic pe- riod they lived through. And what would they have thought of our times? Arendt’s deeply political work still possesses an enor- mous vitality; Heidegger’s philosophical writing is less yielding – we still haven’t finished his best known work Being and Time. In Hannah and Martin the personal lifes of the two actors or equally important as the historical facts about Heidegger and Arendt. The lifes of Rijxman and De Wolf during the rehearsals of Hannah and Martin became the fantasized relationship of Arendt and Heidegger.

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