BY RABIH MROUÉ
Director: Rabih Mroué
“Viet Nam Discourse” is Peter Weiss’ politically agitational play in opposition to the Vietnam War. Its staging in 1968 at the Munich Kammerspiele was aimed directly at the audience: What does it mean to attend a political theatre show? Taking the demands of the play literally, at the end of the performance the actors collected money for the Vietcong. This was followed by a veritable showdown between the directors Peter Stein and Wolfgang Schwiedrzik as well as the artistic director August Everding. Even when the money collection was banned, the audience threw coins onto the stage. But what happened to that money afterwards? Was it used to buy weapons and enable a political intervention by the theatre? Director Rabih Mroué goes in search of these traces. Fifty years after the conflict, Mroué explores the role of the audience on the same site – in the former workshop of the Kammerspiele. Can there still be an audience when theatre turns into the street? Does it disappear when the stage is used for open political debate? “Kill the Audience” is Rabih Mroué’s third production at the Münchner Kammerspiele. After “Ode to Joy” (2015), “Rima Kamel” (2017) celebrated its premiere as part of the director’s retrospective at the Kammerspiele.