Stage designer: Alexander Kropsch/Alfred Haidacher
Costume designer: Eva Weutz
Lighting and sound designer: Peter Spall
About the performance
Konrad, a master of verbal aggression and a former opportunist with autocratic leanings that were not to his benefit, finds himself in this new world of market menality without reliable political support. He retreats to exile in his own house in which he appears to want to be alone and undisturbed, but in fact leaves the front door unlocked because he needs company and hopes that something will pull him back into the center of events.
His obsession with the movie "Casablanca" which he wants to watch in its entirety from beginning to end (and again and again so) originates in the feeling, or better the awareness, that in the movie the city of Casablanca resembles his aquarium, in which as a slowly rotting fish he has nothing he could exchange for a pass that would give him access tot he open sea.
The feeling that he is still controlling things eludes him only with the arrival of a former school friend who comes to tell Konrad that he ist he father oft he man’s grandson and that said grandson would like to meet his father for his birthday. The child’s sincerity and the promise of pure innocence seduce him into hoping he can leave Casablanca after all.
The message of the drama is thus positive: a genuine life is possible.
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