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!
body, stage, voice
Which came first – the body or the stage? The question evokes one the longest living issues known to mankind: which came first – the chicken or the egg? And while in the latter it is clear that the chicken is animal, in the first dilemma it is also taken for granted that the body is human. We try to question that preset primal order. We also wonder which came first – the body or the stage but at the same time we try to figure out if the body really needs to be human.
Deus ex machina: And what if voice was there first?
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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.