Once again, people set fire to Nathan’s house while he was away on a business trip. His daughter Recha nearly died in this fire. On Nathan’s return he receives a message that Sultan Saladin wants to see him. The treasury is empty and the sultan wants to fill it with the Jew’s money. He sets a trap for Nathan, who avoids the pitfalls by telling a parable about the three monotheistic religions. Soon thereafter he is challenged in his role as a father. The Christian Templar who rescued Recha from the flames fell in love with the girl, but he feels rejected by Nathan. He then discovers that Recha is Christian and claims her for himself, which leads to denunciation and hate. Suddenly, Nathan is threatened in his existence and feels that he must be wise and smart to survive. He has one benefit on his side: storytelling can save lives. Director Nikolaus Habjan dives into his own version of Lessing’s drama for actors and puppets, whose plea for religious freedom and tolerance is now more relevant than ever. With English and Arabic surtitles.
Nathan der Weise (Nathan the Wise)
By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Directed by Nikolaus Habjan
On stage: 6, 8, 16, 28 May; 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 22 June 2017