Welcome to the 90th EDS production

Thornton Wilder’s
THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH

  • Performances:
    Thursday, 15th February – Sunday, 18th February,
    20:00

  • Location:
    Experimentiertheater, Bismarckstr. 1, Erlangen


Tickets

Tickets for our latest production can easily be reserved online, purchased in advance, or – subject to availability – bought on the night of the performance.

Buy in advance

Tickets are on sale at Erlangen Ticket from Monday, 29th January until 12pm on Saturday, 17th February.

Buy on the day

Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased from the box office from 45 minutes before the performance commences.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices for performances in the Experimentiertheater are as follows:

  • Adults: EUR 11.00
  • Concessions (Students, school pupils etc. with ID): EUR 8.00

These prices apply to all tickets purchased in advance and from the box office and include any booking fees.

How to obtain tickets for EDS performances

1. Order your tickets online

Tickets can be reserved online and paid for at the box office on the night of the performance. Subject to availability reservations are possible until two hours before the performance starts.

We would like to advise you that reserved tickets must be collected and paid for at least 20 minutes before the performance begins, otherwise, in the event that the performance is sold out, your tickets may be resold.

The box office opens 45 minutes before the performance commences.

This service is for reservations only – it is not possible to buy and pay for your tickets online. Please note that we are only able to accept payment in cash.

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2. Buy tickets in advance from the ticket shop “Erlangen Ticket”

Tickets can also be bought from the ticket shop “Erlangen Ticket” at Fuchsenwiese 1, 91054 Erlangen (Tel: 09131 800555) or in the Neuer Markt (first floor), Rathausplatz 5, 91054 Erlangen (Tel: 09131 22195).

Please note: Tickets which are reserved by telephone from here must be collected from the ticket shop in person by 16:00 on the day of the performance (12:00 on Saturday for weekend performances) at the latest.

3. Buy tickets on the night from the box office

Subject to availability you can of course also buy tickets on the night of the performance.

The box office opens 45 minutes before the performance commences.

Please note:

It is possible to make reservations for more than one performance at the same time and – subject to availability – you can reserve up to 10 tickets for any one performance.

If you need to reserve more than 10 tickets for any one performance you will need to make a group reservation. To do this, please use the ticket enquiry form.

Subject to availablilty reservations are possible online until 2 hours before the performance.

Ticket reservations have now closed for this production.

General questions

Can I buy tickets for EDS productions online?

Unfortunately you cannot buy tickets online, but you can reserve tickets and collect and pay for them on the night of the performance. If you wish to buy tickets in advance, you will need to go to the ticket shop “Erlangen Ticket”.

What time does the box office open?

The box office opens 45 minutes before the performance starts.

I have ordered tickets online. When do I need to collect them?

You must collect tickets you have reserved at least 20 minutes before the performance commences, otherwise they may be resold.

Do I need to show my order confirmation email to collect the tickets?

We do not need to see your order confirmation when you collect tickets. We just need to know the name of the person the tickets are reserved for. If you or somebody else has already paid for your tickets you may be asked to show an identity card to collect these tickets.

Who is entitled to purchase tickets at the reduced price?

Students and school pupils as well as registered severely disabled persons who are holders of a disabled person’s pass (Schwerbehindertenausweis) are entitled to purchase reduced price tickets. Also the person accompanying a registered disabled person qualifies for a reduced price ticket if their name is stated on the disabled person’s pass.

Do you accept credit and debit cards?

Unfortunately we are unable to accept credit and debit cards at the box office so tickets can only be paid for in cash.

Changes and cancellations

I need to cancel my order

You can cancel your order by replying to your confirmation email or using the ticket enquiry form.

I need to change my resevation

If you need to add tickets to your reservation: Please place a new order via the website for the additional tickets* These will automatically be added to your existing order at the box office. If you need to cancel one or more tickets in your order: You will need to contact us using the ticket enquiry form to do this.

*Please note: If you order more than 8 tickets for any one performance we may need to contact you for confirmation.

I need to change the type of tickets I reserved?

You do not need to tell us if you need to change the type of tickets (full price / student) you require. This can be done when you collect the tickets at the box office.

Can I return tickets I have already purchased?

Tickets that have already been collected and paid for are non-refundable. However, they can be returned subject to the following conditions:

a) the performance is sold out

b) we are able to resell your ticket

In such cases we will refund the full value of the returned ticket.*

If we are unable to resell your ticket we will unfortunately not be able to offer you a refund.

*A fee of EUR 1.00 applies to refunded tickets purchased from Erlangen Ticket.

Group Bookings

How do I make a group booking?

You can make a group booking for up to 10 people in exactly the same way as an individual booking. If you need to reserve more than 10 tickets for a single performance, please use the ticket enquiry form to submit your request. Please note: If you wish to reserve more than 25 tickets for a performance we will require you to pay for the tickets in advance.

Do you offer discounts for groups?

As a non-profit society we are unfortunately unable to offer any discounts on our regular prices for group bookings. The only exception is for teachers accompanying school groups of 11 or more pupils who are entitled to purchase tickets at the reduced rate if the tickets are ordered in advance. The discount applies to one teacher per group of between 11 and 20 pupils.

Can the members of my group collect and pay for their tickets individually?

Yes, the tickets can be collected individually, although we do prefer them to be collected together if possible. Please note: If you pay for all the tickets, but would like the members of your group to collect them themselves, we will need their names and will need to see some form of identification before the tickets can be collected.

Please complete our ticket enquiry form if you wish to enquire about, change or cancel an existing ticket reservation, or if you have not received an Email confirmation of your order.

Please also complete this form if you wish to reserve tickets for a group of 11 or more, or are a teacher interested in bringing your class to see the show. For group reservations please include the following information to help us process your request quickly:

  • The name in which the tickets should be reserved
  • A contact telephone number
  • For school groups: School name

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About the play

The Skin of Our Teeth is an English Dramatic Society production in cooperation with the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg Language Centre.

The Skin of Our Teeth is a three-part allegory about the life of mankind by Thornton Wilder, which was published and first performed in 1942 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In the comedy drama, Wilder uses farce, burlesque and satire to depict the history of mankind told through the life of just one family, the whose name – Antrobus – comes from the Greek word ‘anthropos’, meaning human or person.

At first glance, George and Maggie Antrobus and their children Henry and Gladys are a typical American family who live a seemingly perfect life in their typical American home in suburban Excelsior, New Jersey. They have a maid, Lily Sabina, and several pets. Mr. Antrobus is an inventor and Mrs. Antrobus is the perfect housewife and mother who would do anything for her children. Henry likes to play with his slingshot and Lily Sabina and Gladys like to go to the movies.

So far, so good.

Little do they know that they are about to experience three of the major catastrophes that humankind has gone through. They have to live through the Ice Age in Act 1, helping refugees along
the way and keeping everyone as warm as they can in order not to freeze to death. In Act 2, the newly elected President Antrobus ends up functioning as Noah to save his family, Lily Sabina and all the animals – two of a kind – from drowning in the Great Flood. And in Act 3, they‘ve just survived a devastating world war and have to start all over again as they had to twice before.

So, on second glance the Antrobuses are by no means just the typical American family. Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is a play with various levels. It is an allegory about the story of mankind surviving disaster after disaster by the skin of their teeth, learning how to surive, how to move forward and keep the family going. So, on a general level, the Antrobuses are also archetypes representing humankind as such.

Mr. Antrobus is not just any inventor. He is the creator of some of the most famous inventions of humankind, such as the wheel, the alphabet, the multiplication table and gunpowder. And Mrs.
Antrobus is an inventor too. She contributed many useful household novelties such as the apron, the hem and frying in oil.

Lily Sabina on the other hand represents femininity, seduction, materialism and immorality. On a mythological level, Lily Sabina also stands for the Jewish myth of Lilith, a dangerous and sexually wanton demon of the night and the Roman myth of the rape of the Sabine women, in which the men of Rome committed a mass abduction of young women.

And it doesn’t stop there. On a more biblical level Mr. and Mrs. Antrobus stand for Adam and Eve with their son Henry as Cain who murdered his brother, Abel yet another devastating fact that the family has to come to terms with.

Accompany this usual and yet so unusual American family on their journey through a time spanning thousands of years of human history in this absurd and yet so real drama about the survival of a handful from total destruction.

Find out who else they encounter, what else they experience and how – they manage to pull though by the skin of their teeth.

Auf den ersten Blick sind George und Maggie Antrobus und ihre Kinder Henry und Gladys eine typisch amerikanische Familie. In ihrem typisch amerikanischen Haus in einem Vorort von Excelsior, New Jersey, führen sie ein scheinbar perfektes Leben.
Sie haben eine Haushälterin, Lily Sabina, und mehrere Haustiere. Herr Antrobus ist Erfinder und Frau Antrobus ist die perfekte Hausfrau und Mutter, die für ihre Kinder alles tun würde. Henry spielt gerne mit seinem Steinschleuder, und Lily Sabina und Gladys gehen gerne ins Kino.

Soweit, so gut.

Noch ahnen sie nicht, dass sie schon bald drei der größten Katastrophen, die die Menschheit je erfahren hat, erleben werden. Im ersten Akt müssen sie die Eiszeit überstehen und dabei den Flüchtlingen helfen, die sie in ihr Haus aufnehmen. Damit keiner erfriert, müssen sich alle so warm wie möglich halten. Im zweiten Akt wird der soeben gewählte Präsident Antrobus kurzfristig zu Noah, der seine Familie, Lily Sabina und alle Tiere – zwei von jeder Art – vor dem Ertrinken in der Sintflut retten muss. Und im dritten Akt haben sie gerade einen verheerenden Weltkrieg überstanden und müssen wieder mal von vorne anfangen, wie schon die Male zuvor.

Auf den zweiten Blick sind die Antrobus‘ also keineswegs nur eine typisch amerikanische Familie. Thornton Wilders Pulitzer-Preis gekröntes Drama ist ein Stück mit mehreren Ebenen, eine Allegorie auf die Geschichte der Menschheit, die um Haaresbreite noch einmal davon kommt. Sie lernt all die Katastrophen zu überleben und immer weiter zu machen, um die Familie zu erhalten. Deshalb stehen die Antrobus‘ auf übergeordneter Ebene archetypisch für die Menschheit allgemein.

Herr Antrobus ist auch nicht nur irgendein Erfinder, sondern der Schöpfer einiger der bahnbrechendsten Erfindungen der Menschheit. Dazu gehören das Rad, das Alphabet, das Einmaleins und das Schießpulver. Auch Frau Antrobus ist Erfinderin. Viele nützliche Neuerungen für den Haushalt, wie zum Beispiel die Schürze, der Saum und das Anbraten in Öl, sind ihr zu verdanken.

Und Lily Sabina? Sie steht für Weiblichkeit, Verführung, Materialismus und Amoral. Auf mythologischer Ebene steht Lily Sabina auch für den jüdischen Mythos der Lilith – ein gefährlicher und lüsterner Dämon der Nacht – und den Mythos vom Raub der Sabinerinnen, der Massenentführung junger Frauen in Rom.

Und das ist noch nicht alles. Auf biblischer Ebene repräsentieren Herr und Frau Antrobus auch Adam und Eva mit ihrem Sohn Henry als Kain, der seinen Bruder Abel umgebracht hat. Ein weiterer verheerender Schicksalsschlag, den die Familie verarbeiten muss.

Begleitet also diese gewöhnliche und gleichzeitig so ungewöhnliche amerikanische Familie auf ihrer Reise durch Tausende von Jahren Menschheitsgeschichte in diesem absurden und doch so realen Drama ums Überleben.
Findet heraus, wem sie auf ihrem Weg so alles begegnen, was sie sonst noch erleben und wie sie noch einmal davon kommen.

Cast & Support

In order of appearance:

 

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