Ein Schluck Erde

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“Everything passionate died a long time ago.” After a catastrophic flood, the ‘Knowing’ hold power over the ‘Kresten’ on a remote island. Food is scarce, and a mouthful of earth is a delicacy. The conflict between the two castes is especially reflected in the dry language of the ‘Knowing’ technocrats compared with the characteristic emotional vocabulary of the ‘Kresten’. Despite sanctions and punishments, the ‘Kresten’ are still capable of experiencing pity, contradiction and sensuality. The ‘Kresten’ Dräs and Hack are even able to convert the ‘Knowing’ Berlet and Simone using the ‘Möge’ (Kresten ‘commandments’) - an act which completely upsets the existing societal order. Böll’s first theatre play settles scores with existing structures of power, repression of - and contempt for - people and a scientifically conditioned aversion to passion.

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Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll (born in 1917 in Cologne, died in 1985 in Langenbroich) grew up in a Catholic milieu. After he interrupted an apprenticeship as a bookseller and was enrolled on the National Socialist compulsory labour service, he went to ...

Plays by Heinrich Böll

U: 22.12.1961 Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (R: Karlheinz Stroux)