Bears

All power to the individual: live free or die!

New Hampshire, USA. A group of radical supporters of freedom infiltrate the idyllic town of Grafton to free themselves from everything that bothers them: taxes, government interference, the ban on carrying guns. All power to the individual.

At the same time as this radical ‘liberation’ of Grafton, an old problem is emerging. The town is visited by bears that venture closer and closer to the people in their search for edible waste. Due to the lack of rules, they face an invasion of bears that venture closer to humans in search of food.

Based on the book A Libertarian Walks into a Bear, a book by investigative journalist Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling, Wunderbaum reconstructs a battle of ideas as a tragicomic nightmare. A well-ordered American model project becomes story about human instincts, our relationship to nature and the desire for a self-made utopia. Neoliberalism comes into conflict with the ideals of the social state. The big question is: how does society define freedom?

By and with

  • Walter Bart
  • Wine Dierickx
  • Matijs Jansen
  • Maartje Remmers
  • Marleen Scholten

Text

  • Gebaseerd op het boek A LIBERTARIAN WALKS IN TO A BEAR: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (And Some Bears) door Matthew Hongoltz-Hetling

Final direction

  • Suze Milius

Music

  • Bo Koek

Dramaturgy and text editing

  • Koen Tachelet

Director's assistance

  • Nanine Maria Kok

Set and lightdesign

  • Theun Mosk

Costume design

  • Lotte Goos

Props

  • Noa Müller

Sound Design

  • Rick Gobée

Voice-over

  • Davis Freeman

Technical coordination

  • Siemen van der Werf | Ruimtetijd

Technician

  • Rinke Bartelink
  • Martijn van Nunen

Producer

  • Wunderbaum

coproduction

  • Theater Rotterdam
  • Theaterhaus Jena

Special thanks to

  • Paul G. Baran
  • Daniël Frankl

With the support of

  • Gemeente Rotterdam
  • Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • Stichting Verzameling van Wijngaarden-Boot
  • Stichting Zabawas
  • Stichting Elise Mathilde Fonds

Photography

  • Jan Dirk van der Burg (Campagnebeeld)
  • Fred Debrock (Scenefotografie)

Upcoming dates

Past dates

  • May 2022

    20

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Duitsland

  • May 2022

    19

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Duitsland

  • May 2022

    18

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Duitsland

  • May 2022

    14

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Duitsland

  • May 2022

    13

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Duitsland

  • May 2022

    12

    Theaterhaus Jena
    Duitsland

  • March 2022

    05

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • March 2022

    04

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • March 2022

    03

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • March 2022

    02

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    26

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    25

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    24

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    23

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    19

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    18

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    17

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    16

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    12

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    11

    Oase
    Rotterdam

  • February 2022

    10

    Oase
    Rotterdam

“Wunderbaum is at her best with the bizarre theatrical scenes in Beren.”
Volkskrant

“The play ‘Beren’ shows dissatisfied citizens, who turn their backs at the conventional society.”
NRC

“Entertaining parody of libertine philosophy.”
Theaterkrant

We collected some links during the rehearsal process.

This is the official website of the free state project, the big brother of the Free Town Project, and this is the Forum where Libertines help each other. Get to know Jason Sorens, the mastermind behind the Free State Project, and in this video meet the residents of Grafton. The Facebook page of John Connells Church is still up.

See a news item about the bear that was shot in a backyard and reactions from angry citizens. And a great video with a bear expert who answers all your questions.

You can order the book A Libertarian Walks in to a Bear here.

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