The theater I work for is closed, but we have a new sign outside our walls as you can see:
“Und niemals vergaß ich mein Ziel.” (quote from the musical EVITA/song Don’t cry for me Argentina!)
Our aim: To play for you again, as soon as possible.
Today I started to train my replacement. I work at the theater in Nordhausen since January this year. It was planed, that I do this job as a stand-in position for a limited period of time, because I am overqualified. However I had a little hope, that once they know me, they might offer me a job in the field that I actually want to work in, but there are just no free positions or chances to create an additional position.
A few days ago I also had a little hope, that due to Covid 19 they might extend the contract again for another few weeks, because the administration has a lot of extra work to manage at the moement, but today it seemed to me, that it isn’t going to happen. Therefore, I felt like sharing a few impressions with you. So, here is how my desk looks like (with a Birthday welcome):
And just in case you are wondering how the building looks like:
This is my best friend in town:
And this is the window of the pub next door:
A few days after covid 19 spread the owner displaced this old flag and the handwritten sign (meaning: Borders closed, shelfs empty – welcome to the DDR=German Democratic Republic).
I pass this window twice a day and the sign always makes me a little sad. It describes the worries that people have here with respect to what is going on in the moment. Basic rights are restricted all of a sudden – for a good reason, if you ask me, but still…for people in a little town like Nordhausen, located in eastern Germany, this brings up (perhaps not so good) memories. In fact Nordhausen was located very close to the former inner German border (and the former death strip). It’s a region that struggled before and after the wall came down in 1989. Nowadays the former death strip is a very long hiking trail called the green life line by the way. We spent a saturday afternoon to explore a bit of it – it was a hike from the little village Ellrich to the little village Walkenried in February.
Yesterday Nordhausen was the second city in Germany to announce a duty to wear a mask in public (whenever one leave the house). The rule is coming into effect next monday. You can’t buy masks anywhere anymore. The theater get calls every day that there is a rumor in town that we are starting to produce masks in our dressmakers shop. We might…however I don’t think we are able to produce all the masks for the fire department, the local electric company and a few other players that I had on the phone already. Interesting times.
Stay well and fit!