Hospital

Hospital tells the healthy life story of American John Malpede. For years there is nothing wrong. But as John gets older and his health becomes more precarious, he becomes entangled in a medical Kafkaesque doomsday scenario.

While the liberalization of health care is in full swing in the Netherlands, the United States seems to be showing the opposite trend with Obamacare. But where does the future of our health care system lie?

Wunderbaum joins forces with the actors of the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). They live or work in Skid Row, down town LA: the refuge for homeless people and (ex-)addicts for whom the American dream has degenerated into a true nightmare.

By and with

  • Walter Bart
  • Henriette Brouwers
  • Wine Dierickx
  • Walter Fears
  • Linda Harris
  • Kevin Michael Key
  • John Malpede
  • Maartje Remmers
  • Marleen Scholten

Dramaturg

  • Tobias Kokkelmans

Music

  • Christopher Anderson-Bazzoli
  • Florentijn Boddendijk
  • Remco de Jong

Text

  • Wunderbaum
  • LAPD
  • Marcel Lenssen

Video design

  • Alina Skrzeszewska

Set and lightdesign

  • Maarten van Otterdijk

Producer

  • Ina Oenema

Producers

  • Wunderbaum
  • LAPD

Co-producer

  • Walker Arts Centre
  • Rotterdamse Schouwburg

in cooperation with

  • REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)

Photography

  • Susan Campbell (campagne image)
  • Steve Gunther (scenes)

Past dates

  • January 2014

    18

    Hopkins Center for the Arts
    Dartmouth (US)

  • January 2014

    17

    Hopkins Center for the Arts
    Dartmouth (US)

  • January 2014

    11

    Walker Art Center
    Minneapolis (US)

  • January 2014

    10

    Walker Art Center
    Minneapolis (US)

  • January 2014

    09

    Walker Art Center
    Minneapolis (US)

  • November 2013

    17

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • November 2013

    16

    Rotterdamse Schouwburg
    Rotterdam (NL)

  • September 2013

    29

    RedCat
    Los Angeles (US)

  • September 2013

    28

    RedCat
    Los Angeles (US)

  • September 2013

    27

    RedCat
    Los Angeles (US)

  • September 2013

    25

    RedCat
    Los Angeles (US)

  • September 2013

    24

    RedCat
    Los Angeles (US)

  • August 2013

    26

    RedCat
    Los Angeles (US)

Made possible by: Ammodo, SNS Reaal, The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, The City of Los Angeles, The MAP Fund , The Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

A special thanks to: Hans Ceelen, Maria Heiden, Rick Gobée, Matijs Jansen, Dick Molenaar, Ro Theater, Firma Woord&Daad, Paul Kortman, Désirée van Hoek, Productiehuis Rotterdam, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Barbara Hooijmeijer, Peak Audio BV, Relight Productions BV, Henk Zoeteman

“Filled with politically pointed anachronisms and playful metatheatrical asides, Hospital succeeds in personalizing the despairing intractability of universal healthcare.”
LA Weekly

“In sharpest focus, the Netherlands ‘Wunderbaum’ and Los Angeles Poverty Department isolate a loneliness inherent in Western Culture’s focus on individualism, self-reliance and self-importance.”
Thomas Hampton review

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