Roman Sikora: Frühstück mit Leviathan

Staged reading and panel discussion, 26.09.2022, 20:00, English Theatre Berlin

Entrance is free, but please register here.

Roman Sikora is an explicitly political writer who analyses the power structures of a society dominated by market economics in his work in grotesque form. Translator Barbora Schnelle has been working with Roman Sikora for many years. This has now culminated in the publication of the anthology Frühstück mit Leviathan (Berlin: Neofelis 2021).
The playwright Roman Sikora and his translator Barbora Schnelle will present the new book Frühstück mit Leviathan and discuss with publisher Matthias Naumann (who will chair the discussion) the path Sikora’s plays took onto German stages and the importance of translating and publishing contemporary international drama. Extracts from the plays Frühstück mit Leviathan, Drei Tage oder Abstieg und Aufstieg des Herrn B. and Auf dem Weg zum Sieg from the book Roman Sikora: Frühstück mit Leviathan will also be read in a staged reading.

In the play Frühstück mit Leviathan, the guests invited to breakfast with the richest businessman in the world don’t have any scruples when it comes to getting richer themselves. The hero of his comedy Drei Tage oder Abstieg und Aufstieg des Herrn B. makes a career as a cunning banker. After an accident, he ends up on the street and, when he is robbed of every last cent, experiences the dark side of capitalism. The play Auf dem Weg zum Sieg leads us into the ranks of the k. u. k. army in the First World War and investigates the mentality of the war machine.

Performed by Thea Rasche, Henning Bochert und Aleksandr Vajnstajn
Reading directed by Eberhard Köhler

Followed by a panel discussion with playwright Roman Sikora and translator Barbora Schnelle. Chaired by Matthias Naumann. Interpreting: Ruben Höppner.

You can reserve your free ticket at the English Theatre Berlin.

The event will be in German. The discussion will be interpreted into German.

After completing his training as an electrician and mechanic, Roman Sikora worked at the steelworks in his hometown of Třinec, before he studied directing and dramaturgy at the Janáček Academy for Music and the Performaing Arts in Brno. Today he works as a freelance playwright and theatre critic, translates from Polish (e.g. Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk) and teaches playwriting at the faculty of theatre at the Academy of Musical Arts in Prague.

Sikora’s plays have been translated into many languages and performed internationally.

Roman Sikora, photo: David Konečný
Barbora Schnelle, photo: Jan Handrejch

Barbora Schnelle works as a freelance translator, theatre critic and culture manager. In 2009, with Antje Oegel, she founded the project Drama Panorama: Forum für Übersetzung und Theater. In 2014 she founded the festival of contemporary Czech theatre Ein Stück: Tschechien in Berlin, which she has run and curated since then.

An event by Drama Panorama: Forum für Übersetzung und Theater e. V. as part of the project panorama #2: übertheaterübersetzen, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Deutscher Übersetzerfonds as part of the Neustart Kultur programme as well as the Deutsch-Tschechischen Zukunftsfonds. In cooperation with Neofelis Verlag and the taz.

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