Schnee_Maxim Gorki Theater


frei nach Motiven des gleichnamigen Romans von Orhan Pamuk

Premiere: 11.04.2015
Final show: 28.04.2016 (Currently no tickets available)

»A Muslim was awarded the title of best marksman at the last shooting contest. Wearing an ›Allah Loves You‹ -T-shirt, he nailed the trophy disc to his house. All right, so they can shoot. And imagine if they crowned a girl with a headscarf as beauty queen. You have to imagine that, a beauty queen and no hair. And even the bank has no piggy banks any more.« (Herbert in Snow)

In Karsberg you can either watch TV or become a believer. But suddenly a series of suicides brings unrest to the sleepy little town somewhere in Germany. And the Karsberger do not like unrest, especially not when the dead are women in head scarves. Because unhappiness is not even close to a reason for suicide.

To try to find out something about the wave of suicides, the writer Ka returns to his home town for the first time in years. When he meets his old school sweetheart Seide (Silk), he realizes he would rather run away with her. But Seide wants to stay to take care of her little sister Samt (Velvet). Because she is the political leader of the headscarf girls. And that's not all: she is also the mistress of the charismatic Islamist Grün (Green). The movement of radicalised, converted Islamists challenges the reigning mayor, a German national, Herbert. And he is also Seide's ex-husband. Suddenly there's quite a lot going on in Karsberg.

Hakans Savaş Mican wrote his piece based on Orhan Pamuk's Snow for the Ballhaus Naunynstraße in 2010. He is now developing the work further in a German future with a background of NSU and IS. One thing remains certain: politics destroys love.

A production of Maxim Gorki Theater, staging the production of snow Ballhaus Naunynstraße Based on the novel Snow (KAR) of Orhan Pamuk, Copyright © 2002, Yayıncılık İletişim A.Ş. All rights reserved

Stage version and direction
Stage version and direction
Oliver Kontny


Stage design

Stage design



Stage lighting



Nora Abdel-Maksoud

Tamer Arslan

Dejan Bućin

Lea Draeger

Mehmet Yılmaz


„Abdel-Maksoud ist die schönste Islamisierung des deutschen Stadttheaters, die man sich nur wünschen kann.“

Süddeutsche Zeitung, Peter Laudenbach