HÖDLMOSER. Aufstieg und Fall des letzten Ursteirers (HÖDLMOSER: The Rise and Fall of the Last Original Styrian)


For nearly fifty years, the hero of Reinhard P. Gruber’s Styrian cult novel Aus dem Leben Hödlmosers (Scenes from the Life of Hödlmoser) has sparked astonishment, smiles, and delight. On the occasion of its anniversary, the wild Upper Styrian reawakens—in Bernd Watzka’s new play HÖDLMOSER. Aufstieg und Fall des letzten Ursteirers (HÖDLMOSER: The Rise and Fall of the Last Original Styrian).

Styrian actor Jimi Lend (aka Wolfgang Lampl) plays the role of the recalcitrant, irrepressible Hödlmoser. The other two performers also have Styrian roots: Frau Hödlmoser and Hödlmoser’s judge are played by Jula Zangger; Tobias Kerschbaumer portrays Hödlmoser’s illegitimate son as well as the village publican and Hödlmoser’s half-brother. The play is directed by Ursula Leitner.

The premiere of this 80-minute tragicomedy takes place at the end of September 2022 at the Werkstatt-Festival Oberzeiring; it is followed by a tour of Styria and Vienna.

22.9., 20:30
23.9., 29.9., 2.10., 8.10., 15.10., 19:00

22.9., 20:30
Werkstatt 2.22 – Festival der Uraufführungen
Gasthof Holzmann (Kirchenwirt)
St. Oswald 22
8763 Pölstal
15 euros
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23.9., 19:00
Arbeiterheim Fohnsdorf
Heimgasse 4
8753 Fohnsdorf
22/15 euros (advance booking)
25/15 euros (box office)
10 euros schools

29.9., 19:00
Gnaser Hof
Gnas 15
8342 Gnas
13 euros (advance booking)
18 euros (box office)
Free admission for children until 14

2.10., 19:00
Dachbodentheater Stainz
Bahnhofstraße 21
8510 Stainz
15/10 euros

8.10., 19:00
Innerberger Gewerkschaftshaus
Hieflauer Str. 17
8790 Eisenerz
12 euros (advance booking at the Eisenerz Visitor Center)
15 euros (box office)
Free admission for children under 14

15.10., 19:00
Übersbachgasse 13
8280 Fürstenfeld
17/12 euros (reservations via wiendrama [​at​]

With Jimi Lend (Wolfgang Lampl), Jula Zangger, and Tobias Kerschbaumer
Text: Bernd Watzka
Director: Ursula Leitner

Supported by the municipalities of Eisenerz, Fohnsdorf, Fürstenfeld, Gnas, and Stainz, the Provincial Government of Styria, and Werkstatt-Festival

Within the framework of steirischer herbst ’22