Half documentary, Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes tells the very real story of two boys who attempt to join the many who defected into West Berlin by crossing the Berlin Wall. The attempt, however, results in eighteen-year-old Peter getting shot in the lower pelvis. He lay between the border’s barricades for approximately an hour before dying from this injury.
Half conceptualization, Tannahill expertly navigates these fifty-nine minutes from gunshot to final breath, exploring what could possibly have motivated Peter to risk his life to cross the wall. What can matter to us so much that we risk everything for it?
Matchstick presented the Governor General’s award-winning play as the first show in its 2018 season, running March 1st-4th, at The Bus Stop Theatre.
Peter – Peter Sarty
Helmut – Henricus Gielis
Mother – Rena Kossatz
Father – Andrew Chandler
Direction and Lighting Design by Alison Crosby
Stage Management by Chelsea Dickie
Produced by Alex Mills
Set Design by Wesley Babcock
Sound Design by Jordan Palmer
Costume Design by Emma Roode
Projection Design by Anna Shepard
Poster Design by Colleen MacIsaac
Photography by Samm Fisher (Samm Fisher Photography)