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THURSDAY, APR 04 2019, 07:30 PM

Käthe Leichter (1895 – 1942) und Marie Jahoda (1907 – 2001) were two Austrian pioneers in the field of employment research. Their life-memories and the important achievements of their work are at the center of a new play directed by Sandra Schüddekopf.

During this 90-minute performance, Anita Zieher (as Käthe Leichter) and Brigitta Waschnig (as Marie Jahoda) portray these two women, against a backdrop of politically moving times. Their children, Professor emerita Lotte Bailyn-Lazarsfeld and former Senator Franz Leichter live in the US and will join us on the podium for a talk after the show. 

Stage: Eva-Maria Schwenkel
Music: Rupert Derschmidt 
Costumes: Cinzia Cioffi, Marlene Auer
Text: Sandra Schüddekopf, Anita Zieher; original quotes from Käthe Leichter and Marie Jahoda

A coproduction of potraittheater with the Chamber of Labour Upper Austria and Theater Drachengasse Vienna 


Brigitta Waschnig was born in Villach. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute New York and the acting school Krauss Vienna. Since 1993 she has had engagements in the Theater of Youth Vienna, State Theater Linz, Theater Phönix, Theater Überzwerg Saarbrücken, Theater Drachengasse, Steirischer Herbst, etc. Besides acting, she also works as a director and was awarded the Intercultural Prize 2011. As a member of the board she heads the culture factory Helfenberg. She plays improv theatre and works as a CliniClown.

Anita Zieher was born in Salzburg and lives and works in Vienna as actress and chairwoman of portraittheater. After studying politics and communication in Salzburg, she received her acting training in Vienna. She is the founder and chairwoman of Portraittheater where she played Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Bertha von Suttner, George Sand, Rosa Luxemburg, Marie Curie, Lise Meitner and Hedy Lamarr both in Austria and abroad. She won many prizes as an improve performer and comedian. www.anitazieher.at

Lotte Bailyn is the T Wilson (1953) Professor of Management, Emerita at the MIT Sloan School of Management. For the period 1997-99 she was Chair of the MIT faculty, and during 1995-97 she was the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at Radcliffe's Public Policy Institute. Professsor Bailyn holds a BA in mathematics from Swarthmore College as well as an MA and a PhD in social psychology from Harvard/Radcliffe and two honorary degrees.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Franz Leichter was born in Vienna in 1930. He came to the United States as a refugee from Nazi Europe in 1940 with his father and brother and served in the New York State Assembly from 1969 to 1974 and the New York State Senate from 1975 to 1998. He lives in New York City

Sandra Schüddekopf (director) was born in Hannover (Germany). From 2001-2005 she worked as an assistant director at Burgtheater, Vienna. Since 2005 she has worked as a freelance director at Schauspielhaus Graz, Theater Drachengasse, Munich Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus Vienna and at the Mainz State Theater, where she won the director's prize in 2009. Since 2008 she has presided over the jury of the renowned Retzhofer drama award.

Portraittheater is a Vienna-based theater company that focuses on extraordinary persons, especially women, and brings their life and work to the stage. Previous shows have included Hannah Arendt, Simone de Beauvoir, Bertha von Suttner, Marie Curie, Lise Meitner, Hedy Lamarr, and others. potraittheater has been invited for guest performances in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and to the United States. www.portraittheater.net