by Caren Jeß


«I’m not letting the decline of society rain on my parade. I want this life. Hot!»

At Heartship, the bar, on stage, Ann sees Sara for the first time. The last Thursday of every month, Sara performs her feminist stand-up set there. Laughs, screams, rebels. Ann is an ophthalmologist. Both are around 40, get through their days of wage labor, the pretense of self-optimization, and the hope, despite the rollercoaster, to be able to live meaningfully and well. With sensitivity and absurd humor, Caren Jeß’s new piece portrays the friendship forming between them, or a great romantic love (At what point is this decided? Is there a word for every relationship?).

This premiere’s multiple award-winning author (Theater heute Young Playwright of the Year and the 2023 Mülheimer Dramatikpreis) is known for her original, highly musical plays that examine social relations from uncommon angles.


Commissioned by Schauspielhaus Zürich