The season program 2016/17 of Staatstheater Mainz (Mainz State Theater) gets down to business right from its cover page, which features the first in a series of aphorisms fit to start a critical discussion. Serving as optical and topical brackets, these quotes – each filling an entire page and set in white lettering on a black page – are purposefully striking in terms of both form and content: »Our leitmotif«, says artistic director Markus Müller in the foreword, »is an invitation to use focus and lucidity to get to the core of things.« Accordingly, the season program offers not only clearly structured information on all premieres and revivals, including color photographs of artists and productions plus trigger images for trailers to be accessed via an app, but also subjects for debate that transcend the realm of theater and invite thoughtful democratic discourse. The season program is supplemented by a booklet for young audiences and two flyers.

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