main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

main menu

Two by Fassbinder - Katzelmacher and Pre-Paradise Sorry Now

By Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Department of Theatre & Drama

Arthur Miller Theatre

November 15 - 18, 2007


The Story:
A small group of aimless workers are the focus of Katzelmacher. Through a series of mundane conversations, they fight boredom through sexual games and petty gossip. When a migrant worker, Jorgos, “a Greek from Greece,” moves in with one of the group, xenophobia and jealously increase already simmering tensions, ultimately erupting in violence. A powerful statement on alienation and discontent, Fassbinder’s adaptation of the play for film won 7 international awards, including Gold at the German Film Awards in 1970 and would set him on the road towards film stardom. Pre-Paradise Sorry Now examines the infamous “Moors Murders” in Great Britain in the mid 1960s. Disturbing narrations and imagined conversations of serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley are paired with opposing scenes of vice, squalor, and sadism along with fragments of prayer. Pre-Paradise Sorry Now is an effective, chilling, and unsettlingly humorous look at the dark side of human behavior.

Artistic Significance:

Wunderkind German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder was at the forefront of the New German Cinema movement in the 1960s and 70s. Starting in the German ‘anti-theatre’ in 1967, Fassbinder produced, directed, wrote, and often starred in over 41 features including The Marriage of Maria Braun during his short 14-year creative life. His plays and films were, and are, controversial and perversely entertaining social commentary on mankind’s propensity towards evil and exploitation. Film critic J. Hoberman of the Village Voice declared him “the most torrential force in cinema since Goddard.” With Fassbinder’s early death at the age of 37, his legacy of extraordinary productivity and timeless insight into the interplay between people lives on.

These plays contain extensive profanity, violence, nudity, and sexual content. Recommended for 18 and over.



Director Malcolm Tulip
Scenic Designer Elyse Handelman
Costume Designer Taran Muller
Lighting Designer Justin Lang
Stage Manager

Angela Kissel


Ben Bornstein (Ithaca, NY), Maggie Ferguson-Wagstaffe (Indianapolis, IN), Gordon Granger (Mamaroneck, NY), Tedra Millan (Bryn Mawr, PA), Alexandra Odell (Charlotte, NC), Joey Richter (Laguna Niguel, CA), Meredith Stepien (Pinckney, MI), Joe Walker (Cambridge, MA), Rebecca Whatley (Cincinnati, OH), Torrey Wigfield (Painesville, OH)

Production Photos

Click  here to view photos from Two by Fassbinder


Click here to view the Fassbinder program

main navigation bar - top row

main navigation bar - bottom row

Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower