LEOPOLD VON VERSCHUER
Wednesday, November 12 | 20:00 | Kulturzentrum Die Pumpe e.V.
Language: German | Running Time: approx. 90 minutes
Written by VALÈRE NOVARINA performed by LEOPOLD VON VERSCHUER
The avant-garde playwright Valère Novarina (born in 1947) is one of the most important visionaries in contemporary French theatre. His theatre is the theatre of „la parole“.
Adramélech’s Monologue is an excerpt from „Babble of the Dangerous Classes“ (1978), a play in which 297 characters wage battle over Mouth and Ear’s misguided endeavor to silence the 295 others. The name Adramélech deriving from the Hebrew “melech” or the Arabic “malik” for “king” probably signifies the “actor-king”. The protagonist hears multiple voices, responds in multiple voices, and is convulsively traversed by stunning and outlandish words, phrases, pitches, pauses, rhymes and rhythms. This „montage“ provokes and puts into question the audience’s very experience of theater: “On the altar of the stage, first sacrificed is the character; second, the actor; and third, you, the spectator.”
Leopold von Verschuer, theatre and film actor, translator, director and freelance producer for „impossible theater projects“ was once called a „jack-in-the box of scenic imagination”. In this performance, he is both Adam and Eve; he is God and God’s creation, the prophet and the child. He dances, sings, and celebrates, he is subversive, obscene, lustful, and acidly intelligent.
Leopold von Verschuer Director, translation from French and stage design
Dejan Patic Photography
Produced by TEXTARBEITER
Co-production partners: THEATERDISCOUNTER / Fundamental Monodrama Festival Luxemburg; in co-operation with Theater an der Winkelwiese Zurich/ Institut Français Berlin
German text published by Matthes & Seitz, Berlin
Supported by Literaturhaus Schleswig-Holstein and Centre Culturel Français de Kiel.