Drama

Mein Kampf

Farce by George Tabori
Performed in German, in a translation by Ursula Grützmacher-Tabori
Th, 30.11.2017
Kleines Haus19:30 - 22:00
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster

A young, ambitious but untalented artist from Braunau am Inn arrives in Vienna to study art. His name is Adolf Hitler and he takes up accommodation in a shelter for men. There he meets Schlomo Herzl, a man who is working on a novel entitled “Mein Kampf” and – for starters – tries to teach the newcomer some manners. The fact that Herzl is a Jew and Hitler makes no secret of his anti-Semitic views does not deter the big-hearted bookseller from unselfishly looking after the new arrival. Not only does he console him after his failed entrance exam to the Academy of Arts, he tirelessly attempts to instill a slightly less crooked world view in the failed artist, cleans up after him, gives him his coat on cold winter nights and – finally – leaves him the title “Mein Kampf” for what was to become his famously crude political writings. Herzl even invents Hitler’s trademark moustache and characteristic side parting. But all the tender loving care in the world cannot keep “Frau Tod” (Frau Death) from coming to fetch Hitler – not as corpse, but as the best Angel of Death she has ever had.
 
Over the years, Germans have become accustomed to the satirisation of Hitler. However, George Tabori’s 1987 farce is unequaled in the fantastical and grotesque way in which it merges clever wit, pensive melancholy, sharp comedy and gruesome reality.

Cast

Director Bernd Mottl
Stage & Costume Designer Friedrich Eggert
Christoph Kalkowski, Myriam Lifka
Dramaturgy Laura Weber
Herzl Uwe Kraus
Lobkowitz Benjamin Krämer-Jenster
Hitler Stefan Graf
Gretchen Llewellyn Reichman
Tod Monika Kroll
Himmlisch Michael Birnbaum
Dwayne-Gilbert Besier, Jan Diener, Camillo Guthmann, Taddeo Hanss, Nils Hausotte, David Rothe, Jan Then, Daniel Weldemann

Dates

Kleines Haus19:30 - 22:00
Kleines Haus19:30 - 22:00