Plays

Genannt Gospodin (“Alias Gospodin”)

When Gospodin had the Lama, his world was still in order. Now, Greenpeace have taken the animal away from him, and Gospodin has no idea what is going to happen next. He does not attract any sympathy for his problems either from Anette, who has just left him, or from his friends. Some of them want to get Gospodin, who rejects money and material possessions, back on the right track. Others exploit his guilelessness and what they regard as his cranky view of the world to their own advantage. Andi persuades Gospodin to stand in for him at a funeral, Norbert begs Gospodin’s last piece of furniture, the television, for his groundbreaking installation “tempus fuck it”. And even Gospodin’s own mother refuses to listen to his worries. However, when he unwillingly becomes the owner of a bag full of money, it is not just his friends who take an interest in Gospodin’s life, but the police as well.
In “Alias Gospodin”, Philipp Löhle describes our globalised, capitalist present from the perspective of a dissident. Without sarcasm, but with a great deal of absurd wit. Neither militant, nor aggressive nor hectoring, Gospodin lives out his dogma with a consistency that apparently reveals the lies on which those around him have built their lives. Apparently. For even Gospodin’s happiness ultimately functions only “within limits”.
(Verlag Autorenagentur)

“His little sally against the windmills of our economic order becomes a major challenge. First the valiant Gospodin must rid himself of all feelings for things – self-vaccination against the pleasures of consumption –, then he is offered jobs he has not asked for, finally someone he has met in a pub leaves him a bag full of money that, with the best will in the world, he just cannot get rid of. It takes iron self-discipline to cope with such strains on the workshy ideological conscience, which is why Gospodin ends up writing his dogmas […] on walls as well, from ‘Money should not be necessary’ to an interesting variant on individual freedom of action: ‘Freedom is not having to take any decisions.’ […] ‘Real freedom must be not having to decide anything: not because others decide, but because there is simply no need to make decisions because we simply are.’ No choice is the greatest freedom in a free country.
However, it is a matter of interpretation how these principles are put into practice: Is Gospodin a particularly naive anti-retail campaigner who only proves that systematic criticism of capitalism is doomed to failure – or the subversive alternative who strikes at the system with its own weapons while managing to be happy at the same time?
After many twists and turns, ‘Alias Gospodin’ ultimately attains happiness and satisfaction by reaching the goal of his dreams – in prison. There his freedom is limitless: no money, no decisions, simply being. It is another new start.”
(Franz Wille, “Theater heute”, 02/2008)

“[…] Gospodin has a dogma. He wants to ‘grab capitalism by the balls’, ‘surviving independently of the machinery of the labour market with an agreeable, anticapitalist lifestyle.’ […]
This is as appealing as it is impractical in everyday life – and Löhle shows both aspects of the matter. Gospodin’s withdrawal becomes comprehensible when we look at the friends who exploit him, the consumer landscape that bewilders us with its absurd overabundance of goods and the compulsion to make decisions in the world of careers and partnerships. Gospodin launches his little drop-out’s revolution by interpreting the world – and in doing so he simultaneously transforms it. At least as far as he is concerned. […]
It has to be admitted that Gospodin would be nothing but a pain in the neck if he were a rigorous dogmatist. Löhle steers round this danger by having Gospodin not rant when he is overcome by rage, but fall asleep. And because his principles collide again and again with the power of the factual, Gospodin becomes a tragicomic example who illustrates the stumbling blocks encountered by anyone who tries to change the world.“
(Andreas Jüttner, “Nachtkritik – Stuecke 08”)
Technical Details:
Premiere 28.10.2007, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Theater unter Tage
Director Kristo Šagor
Cast 1 femme, 2 hommes
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