Dramatic reading with swing music: Hermann Broch. Gefangen von Aussee / Geflüchtet aus Wien / Gut aufgenommen in New York

Museum Dorotheergasse
© Österreichischer Bundesverlag, Wien, für AEIOU
He willingly talks about his exciting experiences in that year. The poet was arrested on March 13th – the day Austria was annexed to the German Reich – in his second home in Altaussee. He was immediately taken to the jail in Bad Aussee. The reason: The local postman had reported that Broch was receiving the magazine “Das Wort” from Moscow. This suggested that Broch was a Communist. In the end, however, the detainee is believed to be “politically harmless” and released after three weeks. In Vienna, Hermann Broch tries to get an exit visa. After overcoming numerous obstacles with a lot of luck, Hermann Broch finally arrives – after a stopover in England – in New York at the beginning of October. Friends and literary societies still proposed his nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1951, the year he died.
Text: Helmut Korherr
As the host: Kurt Hexmann
As Hermann Broch: Roman Kollmer
Music: “Jazz-Trio-Exil” (saxophone and clarinet: Martin Haslinger, piano: Roberto Pisati, double bass: Karl Sayer)
Helmut Korherr was born in Vienna. His dramatic works were performed in Austria at the Volkstheater, Metropol, Stadttheater Walfischgasse, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, Landestheater Niederösterreich, Carinthischer Sommer and Tiroler Landestheater, as well as in Germany and the Czech Republic. He has been a member of the P.E.N. Club since 1976 and was appointed as a professor in 2013.
Roman Kollmer was born in Vienna. He is an actor, presenter, speaker and director. As an actor he has worked for the Theater der Jugend Wien, the Theater m.b.H., the Volkstheater Wien, the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the Berndorf Summer Festival, the Bühnen Graz, the Milan Scala, the Teatro Argentina di Roma and the Teatro Giglio in Lucca. In addition to guest appearances in various TV productions, he was seen in the ORF production “Mimis Villa Schnattermund” until 2003. He has been a voiceover artist and speaker in various advertising productions, at radio stations and in the cinema, on ORF and Servus TV, and has been the station voice at ATV2 since 2011. He has directed plays at the Hexensommer in Bromberg and at the Stadttheater Walfischgasse in Vienna. As a moderator, he works primarily for the companies Admicos and MediaGuide, as well as at the book fairs in Vienna and Leipzig.
Kurt Hexmann was born in Vienna. He received training as an actor at the Krauss Drama School. His first engagement was in André Heller’s “Flic Flac.” This was followed by performances at Simpl, Kleine Komödie, Tribüne, Theater in der Drachengasse, Metropol, the basement stage of Café Prückel and the city theaters of Baden, St. Pölten and Klagenfurt. His work in the film and television sector ranges from Axel Corti's “Blassblauer Frauenschrift” to “Tatort,” “Inspector Rex,” “Geschichten aus Österreich,” “Soko Donau,” etc.
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