a monologue for a dog on stage spoken by an actor from the audience – inspired by the novel ‘Timbuktu’ by Paul Auster – the only performance that gives you your money back if you adopt an actor!
dog shelter candidates
This multitude of voices one can’t understand has two possible effects – they either become unbearable noise OR something like a foreign language one would wish to learn. You ask yourself if all this barking a meaning or is it just barking in vain. You then replace the barking with the talking in the former sentence. You ask yourself whether voice alone can tell a story or this voice needs a language. You think of what’s democracy supposed to be, and if the right to barking is included in the concept as well. You are not sure if cacophony can cause deafness.
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Not all stories have happy endings. There are comedies but there are also tragedies. This is not either one. This is just one quite unusual love story, about the love of a homeless and his dog. And whereas the story itself may not end happily, the show offers a possibility of a completely new happy end – the possibility of adopting a dog.
Paul Auster wrote the novel Timbuktu in 1999. in America. Nine years later Montažstroj performance group is staging it in Croatia, transforming it thus from novel to monologue… a monologue for a dog on stage, spoken by an actor from the audience. Because dogs, at least in this world, can’t speak… yet. Nor in America nor in Croatia. Although maybe they’d like to. The main character of Auster’s novel Mr. Bones would certainly like to do so. That’s his wish #2 (you can only try and guess his wish #1… and, no, it’s not dog biscuits). So, although in the novel his wish stays unfulfilled, in this staging he does speak – indeed in this staging he becomes the main storyteller. Cause, although in Croatia and in America not everything is possible, in theater it most certainly is. Even that the dog speaks…
Mr. Bones speaks to us of his and his masters’ faith. Since his master is not in contact with any human beings, after he leaves this world Mr. Bones remains the only one that can tell us their story.