STEPPENWOLF (2018)

STEPPENWOLF (2018)

Based on the novel by Hermann Hesse
Adapted for the stage by Joachim Lux
Badische Landesbühne

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Music/Sound Supervision
Paolo Greco

Stage/Costumes
Franziska Smolarek

Qlab-Programming
Britta Bischof

Video
Tommi Brem

Presse

The Premiere review of Badische Neueste Nachrichten ascertains: “Wolf E. Rahlfs convinces with his production of the Classic at Badische Landesbühne by applying a mashup-style aesthetic that juxtaposes the versatile styles of the source material and thereby connects them in a graceful manner. (…) Rahlfs’ “Steppenwolf” exhibits the pure pleasure of game-playing and is full of surprises until the very end.” – And the Heilbronner Stimme concludes: “This production merits national recognition.”

Photos (c) Badische Landesbühne / Peter Empl

24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A WOMAN (2017)

24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF A WOMAN (2017)

Play by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Original Music
Paolo Greco

Stage / Video
Tommi Brem

Qlab-Programming Live-Video
Britta Bischof

Costumes
Kerstin Oelker

Press

Excerpt from the premiere review of Badische Neueste Nachrichten: “Cornelia Heilmann received enthusiastic applause for her portrayal of Celia.” The Fränkische Nachrichten state: “Disturbingly honest theatrical rendition of the complexity of human emotions.” The Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung titles: “Intense drama that takes the audience to the threshold of pain.” And – according to Wolfsburger Nachrichten – an audience member goes to the record with saying: “I have never seen anything like it before.”

Photos (c) Badische Landesbühne / Sonja Ramm

ORPHANS (2016)

ORPHANS (2016)

Play by Dennis Kelly
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Press

The Badische Neueste Nachrichten headline reads “This really takes it out of ya“. The Fränkische Nachrichten witnessed a “disturbing chamber play“ and the Main Echo finds prove in the production that the “ancient conflict between man and law, family and state, remains bang up to date”.

Photos © Badische Landesbühne / Sonja Ramm

SHAKESPEARE – LOVE, DEATH & DREAMS (2016)

SHAKESPEARE – LOVE, DEATH & DREAMS (2016)

A Dream Play by Wolf E. Rahlfs based on a selection of Shakespeare’s sonnets
Cooperation project Theater Koblenz & State association of professional private theatre companies Rhineland-Palatinate (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage
Franziska Smolarek
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Costumes
Franziska Smolarek

Musical Direction
Ernst Seitz

Press

The Rhein-Zeitung headlines “United in Shakespeare”. The reviewer summarizes: “This thoughtful joining of theatrical diversity makes for an evening of unconventional poetic Shakespeare with its own logic and merit.” Conclusion: “Even William Shakespeare would have taken great pleasure in such innovate scenic adaptations of his sonnets.”

Photos © Theater Koblenz / Katharina Dielenhein

NOISES OFF (2016)

NOISES OFF (2016)

Comedy by Michael Frayn
German State Theatre of Timisoara (Romania)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Franziska Smolarek

This production will be in the repertoire of the German State Theatre of Timisoara until at least the summer of 2018. – For performance dates visit:
www.dstt.ro

Press

The Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung for Romania in Bucharest ascertains: “The latest premiere at the German State Theatre guarantees two and a half hours of training for the laughing muscles, for such as this time the audience has not laughed in a long time.”

Photos © Petru Cojocaru

MARY STUART (2016)

MARY STUART (2016)

Tragedy by Friedrich Schiller
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Press

The review of the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung states: „Congenially staged“, while the  Burghauser Anzeiger observes: „Where many directors fail with contemporary interpretations of the Classics, Rahlfs shows, how intense and absorbing a modern reading of the struggle for power between the two queens, Elizabeth and Mary, may be.”

Photos © Peter Empl

BATTLE OF BLACKS AND DOGS (2014)

BATTLE OF BLACKS AND DOGS (2014)

Play by Bernard-Marie Koltès
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Press

The Fränkische Nachrichten sum up: „A 90-minute assault on the audience’s disposition. Heart-stopping and disturbing.”

Photos © Peter Empl

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2014)

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (2014)

Drama by Tennessee Williams
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Press

The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung simply detects „sublime acting“, while the Schwarzwälder Bote establishes: „Brutality and Blues go hand in hand.”

Photos © Peter Empl

AMADEUS (2013)

AMADEUS (2013)

Play by Peter Shaffer
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage
Ines Unser

Costumes
Franziska Smolarek

Musical Programming
Matthias Burger

Press

The Fränkische Nachrichten saw an „ensemble of actors, bubbling over with wit and joy of playing”. The critic of the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung puts to the record: „A thoughtful production with spectacular scenes“.

Photos © Franziska Smolarek
Title picture © Peter Empl

HEAD-ON (2012)

HEAD-ON (2012)

Stage adaptation by Armin Petras based on Fatih Akin’s film of the same name
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes / Video
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Press

The Heilbronner Stimme attests the actors „peak performances“. The Bruchsaler Woche concludes: „Not for the faint-hearted.“

Photos © Peter Empl

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2012)

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (2012)

Comedy by William Shakespeare
Stage adaptation by Wolf E. Rahlfs based on the translation of Wolf Graf von Baudissin
Theater Koblenz (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Marlis Knoblauch

Press

The Rhein-Zeitung summarises „Splendid!”

Photos © Arel Glebocki

HAUPTSACHE ARBEIT! (2012)

HAUPTSACHE ARBEIT! (2012)

A blockbuster by Sibylle Berg
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Presse

The Badische Neueste Nachrichten witnessed a „roller coaster ride superbly orchestrated by director Wolf E. Rahlfs”. The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung is inspired to ask: „How rough and evil may satire be?“. „Maybe a little bit too much for some audience members, who are visibly frightened” say the Fränkische Nachrichten. And one audience member sums his opinion up without further ado: “Ugh, yuck!”

Photos © Peter Empl

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS (2011)

MICHAEL KOHLHAAS (2011)

Stage adaptation by Wolf E. Rahlfs & Tommi Brem based on the novella by Heinrich von Kleist
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Nominated for the INTHEGA-theatre award „Neuberin“

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Presse

The Siegener Zeitung saw a „riveting production (…) breathless, emotional, fascinating“. The Südkurier states: „Attention roused, concentration challenged; audience compelled to think for itself.” And in the Badische Neueste Nachrichten the critic sums up that his production „forces one to ponder about the nature of justice”.

Photos © Peter Empl (Titelbild) & Tommi Brem

TWELFTH NIGHT (2011)

TWELFTH NIGHT (2011)

Comedy by William Shakespeare / Newly translated by Wolf E. Rahlfs
Theater Koblenz (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Franziska Smolarek

Presse

Regarding the retranslation of director Wolf E. Rahlfs the Rhein-Zeitung notes: „Rahlfs’ aspiration, to conserve the poetry and musicality of Shakespeare’s text whilst making it comprehensible to a modern-day audience, was pretty ambitious. And pretty well done!”

Photos © Matthias Baus

PORNOGRAPHY (2011)

PORNOGRAPHY (2011)

Play by Simon Stephens
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Regie
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Ausstattung
Tommi Brem

Musik
Paolo Greco

Presse

The Badische Neueste Nachrichten feel inspired to say: „Once again Rahlfs proves himself as an outstanding director of actors, who motivates the cast to deliver their very best.“

Photos © Peter Empl

AS YOU LIKE IT (2010)

AS YOU LIKE IT (2010)

Comedy by William Shakespeare
Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Regie
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Ausstattung
Franziska Smolarek

Presse

The Fränkische Nachrichten title: „Clear the stage for the comedic energy of director Wolf E. Rahlfs! (…) Joke upon joke upon joke.“ The Mittelbadische Presse is delighted to see “open-air theatre both slick and feather-light”, whereas the Main-Netz concludes: „Wolf E. Rahlfs stages this Classic in such a way, you don’t know what hit ya!”

Photos © Franziska Smolarek
Title picture © Christoph Oldenkotte

THE BACCHAE (2009)

THE BACCHAE (2009)

Tragedy by Euripides

International Festival for Stage Directing:
Leipzig (Germany) – First Jury Award. Trento (Italy): Audience Award

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Wolf E. Rahlfs
Franziska Smolarek

Music
Paolo Greco

Presse

The Leipziger Volkszeitung quotes the jury on their statement of grounds: “Aesthetically this was the most consistend production”.

Photos © Ivan Winterle

NIGHT BLIND (2009)

NIGHT BLIND (2009)

Play by Darja Stocker

Badische Landesbühne (Germany)

Guest performances: Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin (Germany), Nordic Baltic Festival Tallinn (Estonia), International Youth theatre festival “Schöne Aussicht”, JES / Stuttgart (Germany)

Director
Wolf E. Rahlfs

Stage / Costumes
Tommi Brem

Music
Paolo Greco

Presse

The Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung discovers the „puzzle of a family, slowly assembled, precise and edgy, and projected into a scenic arrangement of astonishing depth.” And the Badische Neueste testify: “Grand theatre with minimus effort (…) The performance is perfectly balanced between realism and symbolism.”

Photos © Peter Empl