A track leads to a garden behind a house in East Berlin. On a stage built out of wooden boards, actors in sneakers run through scenes from ‘As You Like It.’
It’s just a quick run-through and some take a break before the evening. Summer is a busy time for the East German theater troupe. They play two Shakespeare pieces each night, on a stage in a park.
For many summers, the actors went from rehearsal downtown to work on the stage, fixing the electrics and touching up the paint.
But a few summers ago, the city allowed them to build an amphitheater in the oldest part of Berlin.
It was an unexpected step closer to permanence for the family troupe that had been used to playing in different locations, struggling with uncertain financing and dealing with unpredictable German weather.