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Roberto Zucco
(Bernard-Marie Koltès / Schauspielhaus Bochum)

Content: Roberto Zucco is a multiple murderer. After he has thrown his father out of the window he is put in prison. He flees, visits his mother, kisses her, caresses her and squeezes her to death. He rapes a little girl, stabs a police superintendent and shoots a boy. But Zucco neither kills out of necessity nor out of passion, he is neither a robber nor an avenger. “I have no enemies, and I do not attack. I crush the other animals not out of malice but because I didn’t see them and because I stepped on them.” And as he has not a motif, he also has not the consciousness of doing something bad: “I am a normal, common-sense boy, Monsieur: I have never become conspicuous. (...) I am not a hero. Heroes are criminals.”

Production: Christiane Paulhofer
Cast: Andreas Pietschmann, Annika Kuhl, Margit Carstensen, Manfred Böll, Traute Hoess, Matthias Leja, Joana Schümer (Maren Eggert), Heiner Stadelmann, Samir Osman, Steffen Schult, Sebastian Wirnitzer, u. a.
Premiere: March 13, 1998
„Roberto Zucco“ was Andreas Pietschmann's first major role.

Press

“Andreas Pietschmann is a handsome, flickering Roberto, in his mind always lost in a dream world, a drop-out of the system, who after each murder closes a door behind him. One has long ceased to reach him – but one watches him in a fascinated way as he walks on his way into the nothing of sunlight.” (SZ, 3/18/1998, Author: Christine Dössel)

“Andreas Pietschmann keeps the title role on a fine dividing line between glorifying and demonizing: neither a monster nor a  saint, but an unimpressive sleepwalker, flickering and sensitive. Wonderfully dense and profound are the arguments between Zucco and the girl and his sister, Annika Kuhl and Joana Schümer…”
(FAZ, 3/27/1998, Author: Andreas Rossmann)

“Andreas Pietschmann plays sweet Roberto, and it is thanks to him and director Christiane Paulhofer that power and physicalness are better portrayed than any other complex psychologizing. He snivels and whines, he is merciless, restless, he abounds in power, he is all talks and no guts. Even though his language is always a little too poetical to pass for realism – in the end it’s the survival machine and not the soul which heads for the sun.” (Coolibri, 5/98, Author: Andreas Lammers)

“Andreas Pietschmann as Zucco, softly kissed awake as if by Pasolini, sleepwalking, a sun worshipper immersed in himself, passive, virtually imaginative and mentally deranged”. (Westdeutsche Zeitung, 3/16/1998, Author: Andreas Wilink)

“Andreas Pietschmann moreover does not give Zucco unfavourable traits. This is not “Satan  Incarnate”, but a seemingly nice young man from next door, whose unpredictability however can become life threatening.” (Kultur, Author: Streletz)

“Outstanding: Andreas Pietschmann (“Zucco”) and the stage design by Alex Harb.” (Author: Helga Boddenberg)

“Andreas Pietschmann is still an identifiable figure, even in the role of Zucco who suffocates his mother (Margit Carstensen, brilliant also as the kidnapped lady in the park) after a  prelude during which he lewdly caresses her.” (Westfälischer Anzeiger, 3/16/1998, Autor: Ralf Stiftel)

“Andreas Pietschmann’s Roberto is an extreme physically alert angel of revenge, a soft-natured Lucifer, an erratic child of the sun.”
(Westfalen Post, 3/16/1998, Author: Monika Willer)

 
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