SAM

[SAM]
1M – plus at least 1 more actor/actress

Sam, a performance artist from New York, has himself locked in a cage for one year. A self-experimentation with total reduction and isolation, which also betrays a radical inexorability towards himself. Sam’s performance follows the strictest rules: no talking, no reading, no writing; the same food every day, the same visitor at the same time. Thus, he creates no piece, nothing that will outlast the time spent. After a year in the cage, Sam will find himself unable to overcome these self-given rules – the inner restrictions seem to be more enduring than the outer prison.
Inspired by Tehching Hsieh’s One-year performances, Katarina Schmitt describes how art can become a dungeon – and a parable for the prison of body and time, from which we can’t escape, not even through an act of art.

This play has been translated into:
Czech
English
Finnish

Katharina Schmitt

Katharina Schmitt

Katharina Schmitt was born in Bremen in 1979. Between 2001 and 2006, she studied theatrical directing in Prague. Ever since, she has been directing plays and operas at theatres in the Czech Republic and throughout the German-speaking parts of Europe. ...

Plays by Katharina Schmitt






U: März 2012, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (Regie: Tilman Gersch)