Summer 1940 – and the port city of Marseille holds the promise of escape to thousands of desperate refugees. They are all trying to leave Europe, obtain visas and transits and secure one of the few spaces on a ship heading overseas. Among them is a young German with false documents who escaped a labour camp near Rouen and is now one of thousands stranded in the overcrowded city. He falls in love with Marie. For her part, she is searching for her husband, a writer named Weidel, from whom she got separated when the Germans marched into Paris. What Marie doesn’t know is that Weidel took his own life after the Nazi occupation. And as luck would have it, the young German refugee has taken on Weidel’s identity after he discovered his personal documents left behind in a hotel. In this famous novel by Anna Seghers, who also fled from the Nazis, the author presents an impressive depiction of the chaotic atmosphere, the waiting, the exhausting interplay of hope and disappointment of the refugees – that state of transit and bitter reality for millions of people even today.
The Iranian stage director and screenwriter Amir Reza Koohestani, born in Schiras, Iran in 1978, has been invitedtogether with his Mehr Theater Group to festivals around the world. In Germany he has become one of the most soughtafter directors for the big stage, including the Munich Kammerspiele and the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Koohestani debuts his own adaptation of «Transit» at the Kunstfest Weimar, a coproduction with the famous Thalia Theater of Hamburg and performed by its strong oder powerful ensemble.