Erin Jade Lange
World premiere / Based on the book „Dead Ends“ for young readers / Adapted for the stage by Oliver Wronka / Ages 12 and up
A semi road movie with two semi heroes – this book for young readers by Erin Jade Lange sends two unlikely friends on an unusual journey.
Dane Washington, a bully with aggression issues, is not your typical hero. His good grades are the only reason why he hasn’t been kicked out of school yet. Just as he is about to be expelled anyway, his new neighbour Billy unexpectedly chooses Dane as his “protector”. He persuades the principal to let Dane stay in school if he promises to take care of Billy. But Billy really wants much more: he wants to learn how to fight and he wants to solve the mysterious clues in his dad’s atlas that might help find him. Even though the bully and the kid with Down syndrome have little in common, there is a lot they can learn from each other. Billy really gets through to Dane, because he approaches him so openly and is not afraid of his tough act, and Dane learns to take Billy as he is. They make a strong team, which is completed by Seely. The tomboy with her skateboard and her love of cars soon wins the boys’ hearts. Together they go on an adventurous journey – and none of them anticipates where it will lead them…
“Dead Ends” is a moving, profound and life-affirming story that encourages young people to tackle difficult issues and take a closer look at the world around them.
With “Dead Ends” (German title: “Halbe Helden”), young American author Erin Jade Lange presents her second impressive novel for young readers. As a journalist she is interested in how young people are influenced by current social developments. Her books have won many awards and “Halbe Helden” was shortlisted by a panel of critics for the German Children’s Literature Award 2016.
Director and author Oliver Wronka has demonstrated his versatile talents with his productions of “The Brothers Lionheart” and “Animal Farm” at the Salzburg State Theatre. He is supported by stage and costume designers Lorena Díaz Stephens and Jan Hendrik Neidert, with whom he has also worked at the State Theatre in Wiesbaden and the Heilbronn Theatre.
Duration: 1 h 35 min / No break
Director Oliver Wronka
Stage Design Jan Hendrik Neidert
Costume Design Lorena Díaz Stephens
Dramaturgy Angela Beyerlein
Seely, (junges Mädchen)
Elisa Afie Agbaglah
Mutter von Dane und anderes
Genia Maria Karasek
Lehrer, Disziplinarrat, Italienischer Pizzabäcker etc. Axel Meinhardt