30 years of Provisional Players Celebration Production – The Dead Eyes of London, an Edgar Wallace Hommage

As many of you may know, this year the Provisional Players celebrate their 30th anniversary.

To celebrate this occasion, we thought of a special play that can bring together as many former and current Provisional Players members on the Tübingen BrechtBauTheater stage as possible!

„But how?“, you ask. „I´m currently in Hannover/Berlin/Edinburgh/Tasmania/Bempflingen!“

First, the play:

We are currently working on adapting „The Dead Eyes of London“, a crime novel by Edgar Wallace, into a comedy stage version. It will be done in the style of the 1960s/1970s film adaptions that some of you may be familiar with and should be a blast for all involved.

„That’s all well and good“, you say, „but, still, HOW can you bring people from Hamburg/Munich/Moscow/The Cayman Islands/Albstadt together?“

Like this:

We´ll have a core ensemble of 5 to 6 people from the Tübingen area who’ll play the main characters who appear frequently in the play. Those people will be rehearsing according to the usual BrechtBau theater schedule.

And: We will have around 20 juicy minor roles and cameos for people who come from further away or can’t come to regular rehearsals. Those „external“ actors wouldn´t have to come to rehearsals until the very last days before performances.

PLUS: For those of you who can´t come at all, but would still like to participate: We’re trying to work in a few video and audio effects that you may be able to record in advance.

Here is the schedule (not including regular rehearsals for the main roles):

Saturday 18.11.: Rehearsal (it would be great if everyone could attend here)
Sunday, 19.11.: All-day rehearsal
Monday 20.11.: Technical runthrough at 18;00
Tuesday 21.11.: Dress rehearsal
Wednesday, 22.11.: Performance 1
Thursday, 23.11.: Performance 2
Friday, 24.11.: Performance 3
Saturday, 25.11.: Big anniversary bash in the late afternoon with dancing, reminiscing, drinks, good food and general merriment

Interested? Get in touch! (via provisionalplayers AT gmail.com)

Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus coming to the Brechtbau 24 – 28. July 2017

Germany in Anno XXXX. A timeless story of pride, wisdom and a tragic death.
One survivor beckons and pleads to retell the events that happened the past few years.
This is the story of the most damnable life and the most tragic death of

DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Christopher Marlowe:

Aspiring to achieve greatest wits and knowledge one man surfeits upon cursed necromancy. He summons the lords of infernal hell to grant him his wishes but the price for this is paid with body and soul. Doctor John Faustus, prime scholar of the university has fallen to foul magic.

His famulus, Wagner, aspiring to follow his master in his steps will soon learn that power always comes at a price and haughtiness is greatest before the fall.

In the end only one will remain to tell the tale while the horned legion of demons will feast upon the fallen.

Performed in the BrechtBau Theatre, Wilhelmstraße 50, Tübingen.
From Monday, July 24th, to Friday, July 28th, at 8 p.m.
Tickets available for 6€ at the front door and via eMail:


Upcoming shows in winter

The Provisional Players are taking a break over the summer but for next semester a number of shows are already being planned*:

The Woman in Black (December 2014)

Doubt by John Patrick Shanley (January 2015)

The Man Who Was Thursday, based on the novel by G.K. Chesterton (January 2015)

*=at this early stage the plans may of course still be subject to change

16-18 June: Alice in Businessland

posterweb_ss14 Shows from 16-18 June, 8 pm

Alice, a young college graduate is looking for a job. Just as she thinks she has finally landed the perfect job this is when her troubles actually begin. For Alice has been hired as a trainee at Hearts Tarts, a food company headed by a despotic CEO and run by employees who are – to say the least – a bit unusual. A hectic HR manager who doesn’t have time to look after new employees, a paranoid security officer, a singing accountant and the quarrelsome twins working in Marketing… And who’s this mysterious smiling person who tends to shows up at unexpected moments? It’s all very confusing for a young trainee who isn’t used to the very special corporate culture at Hearts Tarts. As Alice tries to navigate the corporate chaos, more and more responsibility is put on her shoulders. Will she be able to stay sane or will she succumb to the madness of businessland?

When and where: 16-18 June, 8 pm, Brechtbautheatre Tübingen, Wilhelmstr. 50, 72074 Tübingen

Tickets: 3 €, contact@provisional-players.de or buy at the door

Michael Frayn’s COPENHAGEN coming to the Brechtbau, 10. – 14. February 2014


September 1941. Copenhagen.

In the midst of the Second World War, German physicist Werner Heisenberg visits his old
friend and mentor Niels Bohr in Nazi-occupied Denmark.

Why did he come? Did he try to convey information about a German nuclear program
to the most well-connected scientist in occupied Europe? Or did he try to spy on an Allied
program? Or did he come for an altogether different reason? It’s only clear that after this
visit a life-long friendship was broken beyond repair, and Heisenberg and Bohr tried to
figure out for the rest of their lives how things could have gone so wrong.

In Michael Frayn’s acclaimed play “Copenhagen” they get another chance – this time from
beyond the grave – to understand what happened. Joined by Margrethe Bohr they grapple
with the thing most difficult to understand of all – man himself.

Coming soon: An Actor’s Titanic and other Nightmares (by Christopher Durang)

The Provisional Players present, as a special Christmas treat, an evening of fast-paced, outrageous and sometimes absurd comedy pieces by this year’s Tony award winner for best play – Christopher Durang.

Have a Business Lunch in the Russian Tea Room, fight bureaucracy personified by the DMV Tyrant, and find out whether to keen in a Funeral Parlor. And if it really sounds like Eeeeeeck! Awoooooga!

Join the Tamurai familiy with its dark secrets about incest, infidelity, mirrors, a surprising amount of white bread and hamsters in unexpected places. All on a Titanic that obstinately refuses to sink. Have a quick rest with Naomi in the living room, before accompanying George into every Actor’s Nightmare – being in a play you don’t remember rehearsing, that keeps changing all the time, and that makes you wonder if you are an actor after all …

Come and join the show in the week before Christmas: 16th – 20th of December 2013, 8pm, in the Brechtbau Theatre.



Stop Kiss – in Dublin!


Stop Kiss - now in Dublin

Stop Kiss – now in Dublin

After the successful run of Diana Son’s Stop Kiss in the Brechtbau Theatre, the Provisional Players go on to give (hopefully the first of many more to come) guest performance in Dublin.

When: 11th of March 2013, 8pm

Where: Sean O’Casey Community Centre, St Mary’s Rd, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Reservations at: provisionalplayers@googlemail.com

More info about the venue: http://www.seanocaseycommunitycentre.ie/


New Show in February: STOP KISS (by Diana Son)


Where: Brechtbau Theatre, Wilhelmstrasse 50, Tuebingen
When:   11th to 15th of February 2013, 8pm

What is it all about:

You meet someone.
You fall in love.
And after the first kiss, it’s happily ever after.
Isn’t this how it’s supposed to happen?

… irresistably exciting … a sweet, sad, and enchantingly
sincere play …
”   (The New York Times)

Featuring life music by “Call me Heike”!


Tickets as usual: 5 Euros at the door, or (please!) make a reservation
at provisionalplayers@googlemail…com