Lasst euch nicht umschlingen ihr 150 000 000!
(Don’t Let Them Take You In, You 150,000,000!)
‘“Maybe people aren’t really suited for something as narrow-minded as industrialisation.” […]
It is such conjectures and questions that Kevin Rittberger, an intelligent director and young author, has drawn on to develop his play Don’t Let Them Take You In, You 150,000,000! Why do human beings not arrive at some form of society in which they can live? What might a society that was suitable for human beings look like? Can the common good be a maxim of political action?
What happens over two and a half hours at Frankfurt Schauspiel’s Kammerspiele theatre belongs to a category that is not actually that rare: the theatre of theory. “Thinking on the stage with Rittberger”, it could be called. He himself speaks of an “anarcho-communist search for evidence”.
Kevin Rittberger succeeds in creating something beautiful and uncommon: theoretical slapstick. Don’t Let Them Take You In, You 150,000,000! is a piece of genuine intellectual comedy in a popular format. It plays in a relaxed, ironic manner with the development of society since the 19th century, along with the associated social models. How beautiful it is just to hear the word “anarchy” in the theatre again.’
‘Kevin Rittberger’s play Don’t Let Them Take You In, You 150,000,000!revolves around the question of how we should live and what kinds of responsibility we can take on. In the two and a half hours of Rittberger’s own production at the Schauspiel Frankfurt, it deals with what must easily be half a bookshelf full of intellectual approaches to anarchy, although one leitmotiv is the futile attempt by arriviste Western Europeans to discuss their experiences with “real” revolutionaries.’
|Premiere||26 May/2 June 2012, Ruhr Festival Recklinghausen/Schauspiel Frankfurt|
|Rights||Verlag der Autoren |
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