The history of humanity is a heap of untidy material. Young Brecht wondered how he could get to the bottom of it when the actions of our time could no longer be explained by old motives, often borrowed from literature. His play was supposed to be about a fight. Not a fight like in the old tragedies or on the battlefields, but a fight just for the fun of it, driven by a passion for sport: a metaphysical fight. Can a fight like this be won? Or would there be more losers in the end than before? The result is an incoherent play, a challenge in which “the philosopher will find his way more easily than the psychologist.” The two protagonists, the timber merchant Shlink and his opponent George Garga, a librarian, start a fight. Why? No idea. How does it end? With what is probably Brecht’s most beautiful sentence: “Being alone is a good thing. Chaos has been used up. It was a good time.” What happens in between? They both put everything on the line: their professions, reputations, house, families, friends, love and, ultimately, their lives. The protagonists realise too late that their fight is not one against one another, but against the infinite isolation of humanity, against the reality of living in a city – in other words, against the infinite, fateful loneliness which makes it highly topical for our present times.
After his production of “Trommeln in der Nacht” ("Drums in the Night"), which was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen, director Christopher Rüping once again turns to Bertolt Brecht.
With the kind support of the Association of Friends of the Münchner Kammerspiele.