From British daily The Guardian:
Collective puts Marx’s Das Kapital on stage
Jess Smee in Berlin
Thursday November 9, 2006
There is no wedding, no romantic interest and no plot to speak of.
Instead the reader of Karl Marx’s epic work, Das Kapital, is treated to a lengthy treatise on the division of labour and capitalist modes of production, offered up in long, convoluted sentences.
Yet none of this has deterred a German theatre group from achieving the seemingly impossible: bringing the huge classic on economic theory to the stage.
To that purpose, the stage of the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus is bedecked with bookcases and a bust of Marx.
Eight people – selected from among the few who have read the book from cover to cover – tell their own stories, creating a theatrical collage where Marx forms the common thread.
The play, Kapital: Volume One, is the brainchild of Rimini Protokoll, a collective of young German directors who have made a name for themselves in “documentary theatre”.
In Kapital, the participants make up a diverse bunch.
There is a staunch Marxist who rails against Coca-Cola and the evils of consumer society, a socialist singer from the former communist east Germany, and a blind call-centre worker who dreams of going on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
In an unusual take on audience participation, every theatregoer gets a bound book – Volume 23 of the Collected Works of Marx and Engels.