Ulrich Eisenhofer | Benno Heisel (Munich)


05.11. 7.30 pm - 9.45 pm

06.11. 7.30 pm - 9.45 pm

07.11. 2.00 pm - 4.15 pm

Schauburg – Theater der Jugend


Entrance € 12 | Reduced € 7


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An artist talk will be held after the show on November 5 at Schauburg – Theater der Jugend. NEW WORKS talk on November 7, 11 a.m. at Muffatwerk | Ampère


In German with English surtitles


CASSIDY is a multimedia monologue on art, intelligence services, and paranoia. The starting point is an up-to-now hardly well-known chapter in the Cold War: the CIA's secret art sponsorship program. Literature, film, painting, and music became an ideological battlefield between the East and the West in postwar Europe. The CIA searched for a way to counter the Eastern Bloc's effective propaganda by using Western values and concepts: The solution was the »Congress for Cultural Freedom.« Under this cover the CIA provided festivals, magazines, and publishing houses with money and agents. From George Orwell to Heinrich Böll, from Igor Stravinsky to Jackson Pollock: With its sponsorships the CIA wrote part of the art history we know today.
Cassidy, a character somewhere between conceptual artist and terrorist, commits himself to the fight against the growing power of the intelligence services. In his search for the truth, however, he's in danger of becoming lost in the maze of alliances. He knows that his opponents are giants and not windmills.


Cast Folkert Dücker Direction, text, stage design and video Ulrich Eisenhofer, Benno Heisel Dramaturgy Ute Gröbel, Dominique Lea Kappl Light Charlotte Marr Music Johannes van Bebber Costumes Leah Lichtwitz Production Rat&Tat kulturbuero | Anna Donderer


Benno Heisel studied dramaturgy at the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding in Munich and modern German literature, philosophy, and theater studies at LMU Munich. He works as a director, dramatic advisor, musician, author, and performer. His productions have been invited to, among other festivals, SPIELART; RODEO; 21st century Theatre St. Petersburg; young actors week Salzburg; Münchner Figurentheaterfestival; and Bayerische Theatertage. He is a founding member of the collective Fake to Pretend, which received an award at the 13th Bayerische Theatertage as "Outstanding Theater Collective." He and his team won the architectural concept competition "Ideal Theatre" of the United States Institute for Theatre and Technology in 2010 for their design of a spatially flexible theater. Benno Heisel is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation and the Max Weber Program. Ulrich Eisenhofer (b. 1982) is a trained media designer for digital and print media and is a qualified technician in event equipment and technology. He has been working freelance since 2006 as a theater technician and lighting and video designer for various institutions and theaters (among others, Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding; Bayerische Staatsoper; Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz; Metropol Theater; and Schauburg München) and theater groups (among others, CADAM.; Ensemble cosi facciamo; collisions; and KUENDA Productions), and he works freelance for the lighting design office sein&schein GmbH. Since 2011 he has worked on projects with the theater collective Fake to Pretend, and with DIE NÖTIGE KOMÖDIE he had his debut as a theater director in 2013. Since 2012 he has been employed in the stage machinery department at the Bayreuther Festspiele.


Production and realization
Production supported by the Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München
Realisation in collaboration with the Schauburg München