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Just the Way We Are

for children ages 8 and up


Martin, Doris and Beanpole think that they are too short, too long and too fat. To escape from being teased by the Others, they flee from Here to There, a mysterious place where they are granted every wish. They encounter each other with suspicion at first, but gradually a friendship developes between the three. They learn to accept themselves, just the way they are. With each others support they even plan to return back to Here to try to stand their ground against the Others. But then suddenly a mysterious voice, which lives in There, interferes and tries to prevent them from doing just that.


Original German Title

Über Lang oder Kurz


1 woman - 2 men - voice


Extract (German)

Theater Junge Generation, Dresden, 11.12.2010, Directed by Gerald Gluth

Further productions
Comedia Theater Köln, Theater Koblenz/Deutsch-Sorbisches Volkstheater Bautzen



Childrens Theater of the Month November 2011, Comedia Theater Köln, Regie Rüdiger Pape
Nominated for the Mülheimer Kinderstückepreis 2011, Uraufführung Theater Junge Generation Dresden, Directed by Gerald Gluth

Nah Dran-Grant 2009, Kinder- und Jugendtheaterzentrum i.d.BRD und Deutscher Literaturfonds e.V.

Performance Rights
VERLAG DER AUTOREN GmbH & Co. KG, Taunusstraße 19, 60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tel. 0049/69/238574-20, Fax 0049/69/24277644,

For Foreign Rights please contact one of the international partners of Verlag der Autoren.


Printed in (German Original)
Ingeborg von Zadow Ich und Du, Sechs Theaterstücke für Kinder, Verlag der Autoren, ISBN 978-3-88661-354-0, und in Spielplatz 25, Hrsg. Thomas Maagh, Verlag der Autoren, ISBN 978-3-88661-348-9, Buchverlag der Autoren


​Photo Rights

The photos of JUST THE WAY WE ARE (Über Lang oder Kurz) are made available with permission of Deutsch-Sorbisches Volkstheater Bautzen, © Photos Miroslaw Nowotny, 2019.
Direction/Stage Stephan Siegfried, Puppets Barbara and Günter Weinhold, Dramaturgy Patrick Niegsch
With Anna Gabrysz, Marie-Luise Müller, Moritz Trauzettel, Annekatrin Weber.
The production was originally staged at Theater Koblenz.

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