China Shipping

4F / 3M,

The three sisters Helen, Marie, and Irina have no need to dream about the wide world - they know it well, almost too well. Their mother, a journalist, never stopped circling the globe to report from diverse hot spots up till this day - as if there were not enough problems at home. Helene, 36, a single chemist, cannot find a job in spite of her first-rate qualifications. Marie, 33, a former bookseller, is mired in the wasteland of her marriage. And Irina, 25, relishes in the bohemian life style of being an art student. All three live in the big city, but occasionally they feel compelled to go back to the provincial backwaters, to their parents' house, now under the care of Tilman, their half brother. He would actually prefer to go to London, to study for his doctorate. But then he falls in love, here, in this backwater town, becomes a father and gets a job in the local administration. His sisters are appalled, but unable to move on themselves: Marie fails in her attempt to have an affair, and Irina is left by her husband, which makes her realize how much she had cared about him without knowing it. But Helen gets an offer to become the director of a lab in China. Yet the decision to leave turns out to be unexpectedly difficult....

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Ulrike Syha

Ulrike Syha

Ulrike Syha (born in 1976 in Wiesbaden) studied Dramaturgy in Leipzig and worked as an assistant director. In 2002 she received the renowned Kleist-Förderpreis for young dramatists for her play Autofahren in Deutschland. Her play Nomaden was...

Plays by Ulrike Syha

U: 14.04.2007 Theater an der Gumpendorfer Straße, Wien (Regie: Dana Csapo)