by Michel Houellebecq
translated by Stephan Kleiner
version by Falk Richter
Michel Houellebecq's new novel has been greeted with adoration and hatred in equal amounts. While one critic describes it as "rat poison", others deem it "prophetic". The world bestseller "Serotonin" seems to hit a sensitive nerve of the time: an aging, white, heterosexual man, the agricultural engineer Florent, takes ultimate action. He leaves his broken relationship behind and stages his own disappearance – without yet having an alternative plan for his life. With a new drug that stimulates the secretion of serotonin and thus prevents him from slipping into bottomless depression, he embarks on a final trip in his SUV diesel – but as a side effect he is condemned to impotence. He travels through rural France and delves into his memories of three women with whom he could have shared his life. And he meets Aymeric, an aristocratic friend from student days, who becomes the leader of a modern peasant revolt, which is also an uprising of abandoned men, the losers of EU agricultural policy and social change. Houellebecq's hero is bravely ridiculous, but his biography is also a book about love that, without sarcasm, addresses the tormenting question about one last chance for happiness; and it is an angry political pamphlet as well. Director and author Falk Richter will stage the premiere of this novel published in 2019. Also running at the SchauSpielHaus this season are his productions »Am Königsweg« (On The Royal Road) and »Lazarus«.
Directed by: Falk Richter Stage Design: Katrin Hoffmann Costume Design: Teresa Vergho Lightning: Annette ter Meulen Video: Sébastien Dupouey Music: Matthias Grübel Choreography: Johanna Lemke Dramaturgy: Daniel Richter, Ralf Fiedler Video technology: Alexander Grassek, Marcel Didolff Sound: Shorty Gerriets, André Bouchekir, Christian Jahnke