Geboren 1986 in Leipzig, studierte Michael Wächter an der Roosevelt High School of the Performing Arts in Kalifornien und an der Hochschule für Schauspielkunst «Ernst Busch» Berlin. Von 2010 bis 2015 war er Ensemblemitglied am Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar und leitete dort u. a. seine Late-Night-Show «Wächters Freunde». Danach wechselte Michael Wächter in das Ensemble des Theaters Basel, wo er wiederholt mit Simon Stone, Antonio Latella, Miloš Lolić und Nora Schlocker zusammenarbeitete. Beim Berliner Theatertreffen 2017 wurde er mit dem Alfred-Kerr-Darstellerpreis für seine herausragende Leistung in Simon Stones Inszenierung «Drei Schwestern» ausgezeichnet. Im selben Jahr wählte ihn die Kritikerumfrage der Zeitschrift «theater heute» zum Nachwuchsschauspieler des Jahres.
PART I: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES
PART II: PERESTROIKA
The mid-1980s: the outbreak of the disease AIDS alarms New York. Louis, son of a wealthy Jewish family, abandons his sick boyfriend Prior and starts a relationship with conservative Mormon lawyer Joe. When Joe’s drug-dependent wife Harper retreats into dreams of everlasting ice, his strictly religious mother flies in outraged from Salt Lake City. The Republican Roy Cohn, a cynical and power-obsessed lawyer, insists until his last breath that he is not gay and does not have AIDS. Even on his deathbed, he refuses to stop arguing about this with his black nurse Belize. And then an angel breaks through Prior’s bedroom ceiling.Engel in Amerika (Angels in America)
Elisabeth Gärtner, a retired architect, has only one more wish: she wants to die. Her beloved husband died of cancer three years ago and without him life has no meaning for her any more. A drug that would allow her to die of her own volition has been refused her. Now the Ethics Council must make a decision on her case. Expert witnesses from the fields of law, medicine and theology argue over the question: Does a human being have a right to determine their own death? Are doctors allowed to help someone commit suicide? And who do our lives actually belong to? To us? To the state? Or to God?Gott (God)
The Australian playwright and director Simon Stone whose attention-grabbing contemporary interpretations of classic dramas have caused an international sensation, takes characters, narrative threads and motifs from Horváth’s works, catapults them into the present day and weaves them together into a touching, post-heroic panorama of human effort in times of crisis.Unsere Zeit (Our Time)